This page collects together my amateurish scribblings regarding a trip to North Korea in October 2005, as well as linking to the experiences of some other visitors and a tossing in a few useful sites.
Day One – Pyongyang airport, Grand Monument, Arirang Games
Day Two – Morning – Mausoleum of Kim Il-sung
Day Two – Afternoon – DMZ, Korean Wall, Kaesong Folk Hotel
Day Three – Mt Janam, Koryo Museum, King Kongmin\’s tomb, Reunification monument, Kim Il-sung’s birthplace, Pyongyang subway, flower exhibition, State Circus, War Memorial
Day Four – USS Pueblo, War Museum, Arch of Triumph, TV Tower, Chollima Statue, Juche Tower, Kim Il-sung Square, Yanggakdo Hotel.
Day Five – exit
Other traveller’s tales from 2005
Mike from Omaha 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Austin Arensburg 1, 2
Dan Schorr 1, 2, 3, 4
Yeohaeng Ilgi 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Chanuchan 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ari on The Web 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Adam Malis on NKZone
Paul & Rick Bakker
The Long Haul
Stephen Codrington (Visit One)
Stephen Codrington (Visit Two)
J. Scott Burgeson
Andrei Lankov – Korea Times
Andrei Lankov – Asia Times
LA Times report
Blogjam – North Korea 2005
John Goodman – DRRK 2005
John Goodman – Arirang 2005
Puma – DPRK 2005
Mark Wang – DPRK Tour 2005
Veji – North Korea
Soda Zurich – North Korea 2005
HKP – North Korea
Austin Arensberg – North Korea
Prime8z – DPRK, April 2005
courier888 – Pyongyang 2005
scarycurlgirl – Pyongyang August 2005
Staypuff 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Koryo Group – excellent organisation, lovely folk, tell ‘em Fraser sent you.
Bradley K. Martin – Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty: the Motherlode. Ferociously detailed, lengthy account of the World’s only communist dynasty.
Guy Delisle – Pyongyang: graphic novel that captures the atmosphere and absurdity of the capital city better than anything else I’ve read. Truly lovely.
Bruce Cummings – Another Country: essential reading if you want to understand why the DPRK behaves as it does. Generally well balanced, occasionally let down by the author’s obvious determination to show the North in the best possible light wherever possible, dwelling on the positive without ever properly addressing the negative.
Robert Willoughby – North Korea (Bradt Country Guides): all the places you’ll never get to see.
Michael Harrold – Comrades and Strangers: Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea: somewhat sad story of an Englishman’s seven-year stint in Pyongyang working for the Foreign Languages Publishing House.
Paul French – North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula – A Modern History: a decent modern history of the country. Not a bad place to start.
Official DPRK Literature
www.north-korea-books.com. Your best bet for officially sanctioned DPRK literature online: from military history to recipe books to subscriptions to the Pyongyang Times. Purchase such eternal favourites as The U.S. Imperialists Started The Korean War and Let Us Advance Under The Banner Of Marxism-Leninism And The Juche Idea.