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MUST SEE: Great photos of North Korea

Back in 1998 Kim Jong-il vowed that by 2012 North Korea would become a “strong and prosperous country.”

That hasn’t worked out quite as well as promised, but Niall Cavanagh was up north over the summer and writes about it for Haps.

By far most impressive is the collection of photos he brought back from his trip. Great stuff.

About the author: Founder/CEO of Meme Communications Korea – www.memecommunications.com

  • http://geoju.kr fanwarrior

    would have been nice if the grocery store shot was clearer. Would have liked to see what the prices were.

  • PeterDownUnder

    Surprised to see the variety in the fashion.

    Where does this market come from? Chinese goods? kinda expected them to be all wearing state made uniforms but seems theres some form of open market.

  • CactusMcHarris

    CBC reported this morning that North Korean threatened to attack if another leaflet drop takes place. Plus la change…

  • CactusMcHarris

    Bobby,

    And thanks for the post – the pics are something one doesn’t normally see, and your linked photo above is sexy.

  • Bendrix

    Hello, foxy lady in the sundress. Let’s put aside our political differences and unite.

  • CactusMcHarris

    Does anyone know how he gained access to the countryside? I thought that was offlimits for non-NKs?

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Does anyone know how he gained access to the countryside? I thought that was offlimits for non-NKs?

    Don’t tell this guy.

    A lot of us are champing at the bit at the legal work which is to come. There is a lot of infrastructure to be built in DPRK and it will have to be bid and financed.

    For example, North Korea could get itself a free highway and possibly some revenue by allowing Chinese and South Korean investors to construct a toll road to connect Seoul to Northeastern China for truck transport.

  • platethief

    Wow, stunning photos.

    Could almost make one believe it’s not a savagely totalitarian, poverty-stricken hell-hole.

  • CactusMcHarris

    Uncle B,

    Thanks for that link – I’ve seen some of them before, but that’s real helpful (I’ll put it in my favourites). I wonder how he got that access…

    Much obliged,

    Jeff

  • KrZ

    Heyyyyyyy, commie lady.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #10,

    You had to do that. Back to the sungma is what the voices say…

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Thanks for that link – I’ve seen some of them before, but that’s real helpful (I’ll put it in my favourites). I wonder how he got that access…

    It’s much easier than people think. I’ve managed to go to North Korea four times now, and have seen a lot of countryside, but I’m not a photography guy and take very few pictures. And what pictures I take, I end up misplacing anyhow.

    If you want to see the countryside, buy a train ticket and enter overland through Dandong. The Niall Cavanagh pictures look to have been taken during a train trip. It has a few stops of 10-15 minutes’ duration along the way, and the passenger can see a lot of scrubby rural Korea that way. Then, simply ask to see the tourist sites that North Koreans themselves visit — a car will be arranged and then it’s off on a merry drive you go, with all the adventures that attend.

  • http://www.busanhaps.com Bobby McGill

    @ Brendon. Thanks for the tips. I gotta get up there next summer. No problem for Miguks?

  • Honest_abels

    The North Korean mountains and countryside are undeniably beautiful, but simultaneously stained with oppression and violence.