North Korea – Beyond the 38th parallel | John Woot

By | October 30, 2015

I set foot into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for a week in June 2015, to see and experience from within one of the most reclusive countries in the world. Disclaimer: I bear no political affiliation to the DPRK and all views and opinions expressed are of my own. Not that it mattered anyway. And be warned, this post is pretty lengthy.

Kim II-Sung Square – One of Pyongyang’s mandatory visits with the prominent Grand People’s Study House. Like the Tianamen Square, Kim II-Sung Square is equally imposing in grandeur, size and cultural significance, sans the large mob of tourists. Once you enter the Grand People’s Study House, you are greeted with marbled interiors and well-endowed facilities room after room, buzzing with various pedagogical activities. Computerized catalogs running on windows XP, large polished marble pillars, free consultation rooms actively manned by professors, english books, Mandarin lessons, huge lecture halls, etc, etc……

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