North Korea Tour
March 13, 2004 6:35 PM   Subscribe

North Korea Tour.
posted by hama7 (9 comments total)
The Economist says things are getting better:

COMMUNIST North Korea has started to experiment with economic reform, and opened its door a crack to the outside world. Though its culture of secrecy and suspicion stubbornly persists, it was deemed acceptable for your correspondent to visit Pyongyang's Tongil market last week. Here, stalls are bursting with plump vegetables and groaning with stacks of fresh meat. You can even buy imported pineapples and bananas from enthusiastic private traders.

But how about a photograph? Most foreigners think of North Korea as a famished nation, and the authorities are evidently keen these days to tell the world about the great strides their economy has made since reforms were introduced in July 2002. Logic might seem to suggest that a snap showing the palpable result of the reforms would be acceptable too. But it is not. The officials were friendly but firm: no pictures of fat carrots.

posted by MzB at 7:03 PM on March 13, 2004

This guy has more words but fewer photos. Another one here. I get the impression some of the N. Korea travel essays are from the same group trip, but haven't taken the time to compare the experiences of any one trip...
posted by whatzit at 7:26 PM on March 13, 2004

Holidaysin the axis of evil had a great North Korea episode
posted by X-00 at 10:01 PM on March 13, 2004

Thank you for the excellent post, hama7.

Thank you MzB, whatzit and X-00 for the linkalicious comments, too.

Although I live close enough to North Korea to fear its military (within missile range), it is one country that I definitely want to visit once things settle down.

From what I gather (and please correct me if I am wrong), I suspect that the Confucianism in North Korea is relatively pure. I would also imagine that a lack of material possessions and an abundance of hardship would create spiritually strong individuals who tend to cooperate with fellow human beings. There is probably much to be learned from the people of North Korea.
posted by cup at 11:04 AM on March 14, 2004

wow, look at the subway decoration, painted walls deep underground.
posted by dabitch at 11:09 AM on March 14, 2004

rather here
posted by dabitch at 11:13 AM on March 14, 2004

Damn, that's some PABX!
posted by Jimbob at 3:29 PM on March 14, 2004

awesome stuff, I was just streaming frontline's episode on this country, and wanted some better pictures...
posted by Busithoth at 4:04 PM on March 14, 2004

Here's the main content page of the PyongYang Times (as far as I can tell.)

Unrendered Shockwave Flash object yields a black screen, inspirational march music and links that don't go anywhere.

Even in virtual North Korea, the death cult sings in the dark.
posted by basilwhite at 5:47 AM on March 16, 2004

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