Over there is the South Korean flag. Don’t be mistaken though: it’s really territory occupied by the US, who disguise their presence behind South Korean appearances.
We all turn very serious to start the drive through the DMZ to its middle point. The front seat next to the driver will be occupied by a soldier. We are the lead… Continue reading
For me and for everyone there, the visit is momentous. We feel the gravity, the importance of the place as we arrive at the visitor staging area. There is excitement and a bit… Continue reading
Remember that we are in Kaesong here and not in the capital, where the smarter, more attractive people are selected to live. In a week or two, we’ll see the picture of a… Continue reading
When Michael dropped me off at LAX to catch my flight, I told him that my mind was a blank slate about North Korea. I was willing to be impressed, bullied or disappointed;… Continue reading
Everywhere, end up bringing about their own demise. Naturally, old Korean dynasties were feudal in nature. Here is a chart showing the cost of various goods, ranging from children to cows, available at… Continue reading
From Afghanistan to Korea, a popular pastime.
was apparently invented by Korean women for Korean women. Women of good families lived inside compounds outside which they rarely ventured. Their curiosity brought them to this game, which allowed them to see… Continue reading
This couldn’t be who I think it is, could it? What are y’all seeing? Remember the important distinction in North Korea, as well as in, for example, China, between “cultural” and “religious”. These… Continue reading
on the grounds of the museum. The tree is 900 years old and it is a “Zelkova”. My guides made a big deal out of it and wouldn’t go in until I had… Continue reading