Category Archive: North Korea

In that moment

I was wishing I had a Korean dress on. It was fun and I would have loved to feel more integrated in the crowd.

Korean TV

is taping it all and this is the first day in my life that I was on television twice!

The pavilion on Moran Hill

It’s in all the pictures in all the books on North Korea. New-old, with not much more than that to say.

A little farther down the hill

he picks an azalea and gives it to her. Now, as to whether these weddings were staged: I don’t know. Possibly. But I detect a glimpse of love in both their eyes in… Continue reading

And when we come out

the rain storm has broken and it is this couple that wins my award for most handsome on their wedding day.

It’s all fun and games now

We see the Philharmonic of North Korea and are treated to an impressive performance of powerful music. The skill is there without a doubt. We see 3 conductors, including a guest conductor (Chinese?)… Continue reading

Another feast

The hot pot was already full of a delicious pork broth, and we cooked the vegetables in it. A culinary highlight.

By the time we reach

the important Monument to Party Foundation it is freezing and inauspiciously dark. In 1995 this monument was inaugurated to celebrate the 50 years of the foundation of the Workers’ Party. The hammer, sickle… Continue reading

They wanted me in the picture

even though my clothes don’t hold a candle to theirs.

Then I visit

the great statue of Kim Il Song, the “Grand Monument”, most revered monument of the country. The protocol is strict here, and the flowers are obligatory (5 euros). I bowed when it was… Continue reading