Contrary to what the title may suggest, the Mass Games have nothing to do with actual games or a competition. It is a highly synchronized performance of thousands of athletes and dancers who in a beautiful 70-minute show tell a story of love, war, separation, reunification and friendship.
Kim Il Sung had a special relationship with children. Or at least all the propaganda tells us that he did. He believed children were the future and deserved only the best. So he built them a palace - a Schoolchildren's Palace in Pyongyang - where they could nurture their talents in various after-school activities.
The children we saw there were extremely talented! They danced, sang, played musical instruments, and recited poems. We all were very impressed. But at the same time there was something else about these kids that left us feeling uncomfortable and uneasy. I wonder if you can guess what it was by looking at the pictures and videos I have here.
Five years ago I had no idea that regular travelers are allowed in North Korea. I thought the visas were given only to selected few, so I never bothered researching further. Turns out, getting to North Korea is quite easy although expensive. Here's what you need to know.
Very green, clean and unspoiled - this is how I will remember North Korea. Or, rather, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) - the official name by which they prefer to be called.
Korean kids are the cutest! I spotted these two on my first day in Pyongyang and was really lucky to snap a shot before our guides rushed us away. Technically, we were supposed to ask for permission before photographing people. I don't think they've ever heard of candid photography.
As I am slowly going through thousands of pictures that I made in North Korea, I will be sharing them here. So stay put for more unauthorized images from the least known part of the world.
Hi, I'm Irina, and I am a travel addict with a full-time job.
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