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I don’t think this is the ‘bul bada’ North Korea was talking about

This picture has been going around Korean cyberland. Not sure if it’s real, but I guess it could be.

Perhaps two years ago, I was coming home at night from Heyri Art Village in Paju. We were riding on Freedom Road along the small stretch of the Imjingang River where North Korea is just on the other side of the river. I looked across, and it was pitch black, almost like the end of the world. It was physically discomforting.

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  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    It looks very real…

    It is very similar to this picture – http://tiny.cc/exzybw

    p.s. North Korea just fired two short-range missiles off its west coast today from its port at Nampo. http://tiny.cc/vzzybw

    now if only they spent all the money wasted on missiles, military, etc on electricity, food and medicine for their citizens instead, they would be able to live more peacefully.

  • newspaperman

    Tineye.com (reverse photo search) reveals no other images… so I’m doubtful at this point.

  • bumfromkorea

    Maybe it’s because I heard/read “불바다” more than “Sea of Fire” (and therefore became more accustomed to it), but the English translation to “Sea of Fire” sounds more ominous to me. Any other Korean+English speakers feel that way?

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    Apparently the pic was first put up on this site – http://realdprk.egloos.com/

    but a simple google search now shows that the pic is on many many sites – http://tiny.cc/ir1ybw

  • Gyeonggi Doh

    Don’t think the curvature of the earth relative to Korea’s size makes sense.

  • newspaperman

    @Year … Sorry I wasn’t clear. I’m doubtful about the image being real. It’s been reposted all over the Net, especially in Korean, sure, but the original (unshopped) image would appear on an actual Korean or US agency (NASA) satellite image.

  • gbnhj

    Did someone want an original image from a direct NASA link? Here you are.

  • numberoneoppa

    Speaking of Paju, has anybody seen the movie with the same title (obviously named after the city)? Somewhat discomforting movie, to say the least.

  • dogbertt

    I remember picking up N.K. AM radio broadcasts on that stretch of road.

  • Sonagi

    Even more physically discomforting is to stand on the Chinese side of the Yalu or Tumen River in January and see no smoke rising from the tops of buildings.

  • jk6411

    Brrrrrrr..