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19 Best Pictures of North Korea by TripBitten

Best Pictures of North Korea

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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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.

Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang

Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang

Best Pictures of North Korea

Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang

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.

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum – Our guide was in uniform

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Ryugyong Hotel seen from the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Ryugyong Hotel seen from the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Ryugyong Hotel seen from the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

Ryugyong Hotel seen from the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

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.

DMZ from North Korea side

DMZ from North Korea side

DMZ from North Korea side

DMZ from North Korea side – We might be a little too happy…

After visiting the DMZ and Kaesong, we headed back to Pyongyang and stopped by the Arch of Reunification statue.

Arch of Reunification Statue North Korea

Arch of Reunification Statue North Korea – Yvonne looks thrilled to be there!

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.

kim il-sung square

Kim Il-Sung square during spring festival

Kim Il-Sung square during spring festival

Kim Il-Sung square during spring festival

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.

Mansu Hill Grand Monument

Mansu Hill Grand Monument (Mansudae Grand Monument)

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.

Monument to Party Founding

Monument to Party Founding

Monument to Party Founding

Monument to Party Founding – North Korea

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.

Tower of the Juche Idea

Tower of the Juche Idea or Juche Tower

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.

North Korean Subway Station

North Korean Subway Station

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.

Tower of the Juche Idea or Juche Tower at night

Tower of the Juche Idea or Juche Tower at night

Conclusion

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.Best Pictures of North KoreaBest Pictures of North Korea
Best Pictures of North Korea

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Best Pictures of North Korea

Best Pictures of North Korea

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    go-indochine
    October 31, 2016 at 5:57 am

    North Korean is always a mystery country in my mind. Tks for making this post to let me know another side of this country. Looking for more from your blog in the future.

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