Right behind the highest Party officials and myself, comes the elite female corps of the prestigious Mangyongdae Revolutionary School. These women and the men that attend the same school will be the military… Continue reading
Leaving Mangyongdae for the front. Behind him are his grandparents.
and so are their handlers. Pheasants are part of the Korean lore, of their self-image of communion with nature. So, for the National Holiday, they are brought over from North Korea’s zoo to… Continue reading
Immortality of the Eternal Leader.
Juche Tower (pronounce “djoochay”). Juche is the key tenet behind “Kimilsong-ism”, a subject of much study and reverence in this part of the world. Juche means “self-reliance”, a nice way to express that… Continue reading
birthday of the Eternal Leader of North Korea, has arrived. The top Party and Government officials had the same idea as my guides: to get to Mangyongdae, the Eternal Leader’s birthplace, early. Visiting… Continue reading
I go for pretty flowers and beautiful trees and I was happy to see these blooms everywhere. My guides, however, were not used to this high level of enthusiasm for something as trivial… Continue reading
Wistful thoughts of spring in North Korea.This picture is the April scene of the official 2011 calendar.
What strikes me about this picture is not that the two women look so serious on their bikes. No. Because if I look at people’s faces in Pacific Palisades, or in New York,… Continue reading
fades away, even though the city is still a far cry from the image of “ideal retirement place” that it holds in North Korea. This is peak blooming time and people are out… Continue reading