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China and the DPRK: Day 7- Pyongyang Planetarium (Three Revolutions Exhibition.)

This was the view through the bus window as we headed off for the first stop on an incredibly action-packed day. I like this shot, not just for the incredibly vibrant colours. Look at that sky! Hard to believe that … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK- Day 6 continued.

Here’s what we saw as we drove into Kaesong for lunch. It’s a regional city near the DMZ and has clearly been planned to the nth degree for maximum impact. But first – lunch! Pansangi bronze bowl lunch. An optional … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK : Day 6…The DMZ.

Here’s James taking a selfie as we set off on our day trip to the DMZ. I was so looking forward to this. The one thing I really wanted to bring back from the DPRK was at least one propaganda … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 5 – Grand People’s Study House, Parks and the Mansudae Grand Monument

After we left the Juche Tower we jumped back in the bus, crossed the river and went to the Grand People’s Study House.  This is another of the ‘showpiece’ buildings that Pyongyang has, a huge library and resource for workers to … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK – Day 5: Monument of the Party Foundation and the Juche Tower.

Our first stop after lunch was The Monument of the Party Foundation. It was HUGE, with a massive expanse of paving around it, which I assume could be used for massed dancing and things like that. It looms over us … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK- Day 5, Pyongyang – The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.

No, this isn’t the War Museum! It’s just an apaertment block. Look at the curvy walls. It reminded me of the artists’ colony we saw in Beijing with the curved walls. Here’s the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. The space … Continue reading

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China and DPRK: Day 5 – Pyongyang: The Subway.

Our first day in Pyongyang was a busy one. Our first stop was a trip along the Pyongyang Metro, visiting 3 stations. In the bus on the way there, Un Ha gave us a few stats about it, along with … Continue reading

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China and DPRK: Day 4 Part 2: Pyongyang

(Last time we spoke, I had left you in the carpark at the Pyongyang marathon.) It was definitely time for lunch, so after we swung back past the hotel and left Wally there to have a sleep, we grabbed a … Continue reading

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China and DPRK : Day 4 part 1- The Pyongyang marathon.

This was it – the Pyongyang marathon. To be honest, not something that was ever my dream to compete in, but it was here upon me nonetheless. Life is so interesting – you never know what’s around the corner! We were … Continue reading

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China and DPRK. Day 3: Beijing, Dandong and Pyongyang.

We began our last day in Beijing by checking out of the hotel and having a walk around the hutong district, to grab some lunch and fill in some time before we met the rest of the North Korean tour group … Continue reading

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