When Yvonne and I travel, we take a few cameras, video recorders, and phones. These devices allow for us to take different videos and pictures. So, here are the 19 best pictures of North Korea from my (Miguel’s) camera. I use a simple point and shoot camera. This allows me to take quick pictures on the go without changing lens or getting a tripod out. This means most of the photos are of Yvonne or selfies. I try to capture a quick expression or feeling more candid and less perfect.
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All the devices we use:
- Camera 1
- Camera 2 (Point & Shoot)
- Video Cam 1
- Video Cam 2 (Chinese go-pro)
- Phone 1 (Yvonne’s phone)
19 Best Pictures of North Korea
When we first arrived in the capital, we stopped by the Arch of Triumph. This is an arch to commemorate the defeat of imperial Japan. It was built in 1982 to “honor and glorify President Kim Il-sung’s role in the military resistance for Korean independence.” Of course it was, because everything was to glorify Kim Il-Sung.
After stopping by the Arch, we went to the hotel and rested. The next day, we went to the ‘Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum’ to glorify Kim Il-Sung. This was a really weird experience because it was a completely different version of history. The power also kept going out, while the guide told us how great the DPRK is because they defeated the Japanese and Americans. It was kind of sad.
After a day of learning about the great defeat of the Japanese and American forces, we continued our history lesson at the DMZ. The DMZ is the Demilitarized Zone at the demarcation line, which divides the north and south. We have now been to both sides of this divide. It looks about the same on each side, just a few buildings and guards.
After visiting the DMZ and Kaesong, we headed back to Pyongyang and stopped by the Arch of Reunification statue.
One of the coolest things we got to experience on the bizarre adventure was Spring Festival at the Kim Il-Sung square. The Kim Il-Sung square is famous for its mass rallies and we happened to experience one during the Spring Festival holiday. All the women were wearing traditional dresses and the men wore suits. It was really amazing and cold! I wish it was not snowing because than we might have seen more dresses without coats over them.
The next day, we got up early to visit the Mansu Hill Grand Monument (Mansudae Grand Monument). This was another monument to the Kim family (America and Korea are not that different we both a worship Kim family). We brought flowers and paid our respects. It was all a little strange, but the photo is nice.
Later that day, we saw other statues to glorify… you guessed it, Kim Il-Sung and the Party leadership. This is the Monument to Party Founding.
After learning about the party founding and visiting a sad little museum (where the power kept going out). We moved on to the Tower of the Juche Idea or better known as the Juche Tower. Yvonne looks tired of the propaganda or maybe just me taking so many pictures of her.
After the Juche Tower, we rode the subway. There was a lot of paintings of Kim Il-Sung and workers making a better Korea. It was a pretty subway system and the pictures are nice. I have to say compared to NYC or Beijing, the art was actually nice.
At the end of the day, we had dinner near the Juche Tower again and I was able to snap this shot of the tower at night. It was one of the better ones I got with my little camera.
I was able to get around 250 photos on my little camera, but above are the best pictures of North Korea in my opinion. Although these are the best pictures of North Korea from my camera, I wanted to add a few more shots in this post, so below are a few more just because I can and I like them. I hope you enjoy. We will be writing more about Korea in the future, but here are some other posts if you need more info now: Miguel’s first impression of North Korea (DPRK) and North Korea Blog #1: Arc of Triumph & Power Outages.