Category Archive: North Korea

And right behind us

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

Young Kim Il Sung

Leaving Mangyongdae for the front. Behind him are his grandparents.

The pheasants are out on that day

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.

The last critical monument!

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

The National Holiday

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

My current screensaver

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

The stuff of dreams

Wistful thoughts of spring in North Korea.This picture is the April scene of the official 2011 calendar.

Relationships in North Korea

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

Back in Wonsan, the dreariness of the cooperative

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