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She Escaped North Korea to Live in South Korea

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She Escaped North Korea to Live in South Korea

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WONDER WHAT IT's LIKE TO ESCAPE NORTH KOREA?

We've all heard stories about people escaping North Korea for a better life... and today in Seoul, I was able to sit down with one ambitious North Korean girl named Nara, to hear what she went through.

Long story short, Nara escaped North Korea in 2015 by swimming over a river into China. Then she illegally entered Thailand without a passport, where she was thrown in jail for 1 month. After getting in touch with the South Korean embassy, they granted her citizenship and allowed her to move to Seoul.

While it was difficult for her to adjust to South Korean culture at first, she now lives a great life as an actress on TV and making videos for her YouTube and Instagram accounts (@kang_naraa)

This has been a special story for me to create because I spent 4 days in North Korea in 2017 and I got a glance at what society she grew up in... We chatted about everything from her thoughts on Kim Jong-un to the struggles that she faces adjusting to life in South Korea today.

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ESCAPING NORTH KOREA (to America)

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Today in Chicago, I had the pleasure to meet a young North Korean girl named Evelyn. 6 years ago, when she was 15 years old, she escaped North Korea with her mother for a better life. Both without passports, they spent 1 month traveling by foot across China, Laos and Thailand - where the South Korean government officially recognized her as a refugee and she was granted permission to migrate to the United States of America.

In this eye-opening interview, Evelyn tells me her escape story and how she has managed to integrate so well into American society. She lives all by herself and just bought her first car (with her hard-earned income!).

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North Korea VS. South Korea (They're Totally Different!)

In 1945, Korea was divided into South Korea and North Korea. Despite the fact that communist North Korea and democratic South Korea are neighbors, the life in these 2 countries is totally different.

Photographer Ed Jones decided to capture it and show to the rest of the world. In the photos you can see that clothes, interiors, and environments are more modern in South Korea. But the soul of these people is definitely the same.

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#1. A North Korean shooting instructor at her work place in Pyongyang… 0:04
…and her South Korean counterpart in Seoul 0:12
#2. A visitor at the North Korean Munsu Water Park… 0:21
…and her South Korean counterpart at the Caribbean Bay Water Park 0:30
#3. Gas station workers in North Korea… 0:38
…and South Korea 0:47
#4. A North Korean tour guide on top of The Juche Tower… 0:55
…and her South Korean counterpart on the view deck of 63 Building 1:03
#5. A 23-year-old student from North Korea in the city square in Pyongyang… 1:12
…and a 24-year-old student from South Korea in Seongdong-gu district of Seoul 1:20
#6. Military officers from North Korea… 1:29
…and South Korea guarding the Korean Demilitarized Zone 1:37
#7. Shoppers in a supermarket in North Korea… 1:46
…and South Korea 1:54
#8. A North Korean tourist boat driver… 2:03
…and his South Korean counterpart 2:11
#9. A farmer from North Korea with a backdrop of ginseng plantations… 2:20
…and a farmer from South Korea 2:28
#10. A North Korean woman on Kim Il-sung square at a military parade… 2:37
…and a South Korean Rear Admiral in retirement protesting against nuclear weapons 2:46
#11. A North Korean factory worker in Wonsan… 2:54
…and her South Korean colleague in Chuncheon 3:02
#12. A North Korean girl in a computer class at a Sci-tech Center… 3:11
...and a South Korean student in a computer class in Yonsei University 3:19
#13. A Munsu Water Park employee in Pyongyang… 3:28
…and a lifeguard at the South Korean One Mount Water Park 3:37
#14. North Korean factory worker producing dental equipment in Pyongyang… 3:45
…and a South Korean factory worker producing packaging materials in Chuncheon 3:53
#15. A 9-year-old schoolgirl from North Korea celebrating Children’s Day in Pyongyang… 4:02
…and a 10-year-old girl from South Korea at Seoul Fashion Week 4:10

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3 Things You CAN'T DO in NORTH KOREA ????????

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I get a lot of questions about what it's like to travel in North Korea. It's actually a very safe country to visit, because you are on a tightly controlled tour and you are unable to roam around unsupervised.

Also if you can follow a few simple mandatory rules, then you will have no issues while in North Korea. In this video, I explain what are the 3 golden rules that anyone must obey and respect if they decide to visit North Korea.

If you have any questions about traveling in North Korea, please comment them below and I'll be happy to answer them.

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This Video Will Change Your Perception of North Korea

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I went on a 3 day guided tour in Pyongyang, North Korea in April 2017, and I put together this short video/documentary from trip.

Please keep in mind that this video is about my own personal experiences in North Korea, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. I am well aware that all tours to North Korea are organized and preplanned, and what I saw was a skewed perspective (a small fraction) of the realities that may exist behind closed doors.

My goal in making this video (and all videos) has always been the same – to focus on spreading happiness & positivity in our world by connecting with people across the globe. While it’s a bit more challenging to do this in North Korea, I tried my best to show you a different side of North Korea and connect with the people – apart from all the negativity the media has brought about to this nation.

Many of you know my deep love, appreciation and connection with Korea, as I lived and taught English in Seoul 18 months. I can speak Korean conversationally, so I used my ability to meet eye to eye with as many North Koreans as I could to have conversations with them. Most people I came across were friendly and kind-hearted, even after telling them I was American.

I welcome your thoughts, feedback and questions about my trip to North Korea. If you enjoy this video, please share it to help spread the message of peace and positivity within North Korea.

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NORTH KOREA vs. SOUTH KOREA (What's the Difference?)

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I spent 2 years living and teaching English in South Korea -- it was one of the best decisions of my life! After getting hooked on the delicious food, vibrant life and modern culture of Seoul -- I was really curious to see what life is like North of the border...

So exactly 3 years ago, I took a trip to Pyongyang, North Korea for 3 days (I'm one of the last Americans to step foot on North Korean soil). I made a video there -- one of my first ever -- and it currently has over 17 million views.

But what is life really like in both Koreas? Are they more similar, or different? The answer is a little of both -- so join me in today's video as I compare and contrast North Korea with South Korea.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been to either North or South Korea? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!

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How KOREAN is the PHILIPPINES? (feat. Ryan Bang)

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Did you know that more Koreans live in the Philippines than any other country in South East Asia? Roughly 100,000 of them!

Many of you guys know that I lived and taught English in South Korea for 2 years and that country is near and dear to my heart... Just like the Philippines, where I've spent most of my time since I left Korea.

So it was only natural for me to make this video! Join me and celebrity comedian Ryan Bang as we take you inside the Korean world of Manila.

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An Average School Day for a North Korean Student | Pyongyang College of Tourism

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INSIDE THE DMZ | The Border Between North & South Korea

Visiting the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), the border between North and South Korea.
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South Koreans' Thoughts on North Korea

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NORTH KOREA vs. TURKMENISTAN (are they the same?)

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In my opinion, no two countries are more bizarre than North Korea and Turkmenistan in pretty much every category across the board.

After traveling to both nations over the past few years, I find them to be shockingly similar in several ways.

In this video, I take you deeper inside both hermit kingdoms to discover how they relate to one another.

Just out of curiosity, which country would you rather visit, North Korea or Turkmenistan? Share in the comments below!

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Touring North Korea's capital and bowing to the 'Great' Leaders! | North Korea day 3 ????????

A very interesting day visiting the Bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, touring the Victorious war museum which holds the only captured US ship in the world that's still on the commissioned roster! Stopping by the Monument to the party founding, visiting Kim Il Sung square. Checking out some ridiculous propaganda in a bookshop, ascending the Juche stone tower with a 360 degree view of Pyongyang, shopping in a local mall, visiting the birthplace of Kim Il Sung, attending a school children's show and taking a stroll along Science street! We did a lot!

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Translation of Kim Il Sung birthplace sign:
Kim Il-sung as the first leader of North Korea over thousands of years of history has been born in this house and had a childhood. When he was a teenager, The leader left home at an early age and rose the highest at the course of revolution. He improved it with new spring of National liberation and reunited with his parents in this legend house. Our Juche’s Sun is rising and Mangyeongdae Kim ll-sung’s birthplace which is historical in spirit of patriotism and revolution for independence through the ages will shine in our history and continue tremendous prosperity.

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Excerpt from a North Korean Wedding

This is a kind of mini march in for the bride and groom in North Korea. Some of the very traditional wedding days for example: October, it's 8, 9, 18, 19, 28, and 29 of the month as these are considered days without evil spirits (손없는날은). These days vary from month to month. The season with the most spirit free days are in autumn and spring.

손 (sohn) is a kind of spirit believed to cause trouble when traveling about.

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Wanderer's North Korea tour, Part 19)

It was time to visit what North Korea terms as the “victorious fatherland liberation war museum”, the museum which sets out North Korea’s version of events of the conflict from 1950-1953. It was an enormous elaborate building with an equally huge courtyard. We would be shown around by a specialist English speaking guide from the Korean people’s army. First, she shown us an array of captured weapons and equipment in the war. some of them belonged to the us, some even to Britain, a number of apparent former bombshells had also been stacked up

Inside the museum, we were not allowed to take photos. However, we can describe it as almost palace like, with a grand staircase and a beautiful chandelier, as well as a giant waxwork of Kim il-Sung in a military uniform. We were sat and made to watch a video, titled “who started the Korean war?”- it gave an account of events different to mainstream history. However, our time in the museum was interrupted abruptly by a common issue in North Korea, a power cut. We ended up sitting in darkness. This made the visit to the museum incomplete, as well as awkward. This is a common factor of everyday life in the country.

Civilians living less than a mile away from North Korea [2019.11.22]

The civilians living less than a mile away from North Korea [A Walk Around the Neighborhood / ENG / 2019.11.22]

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Thoughts on North Korea After 1 Year...

Last year at this time, I was in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was the most eye-opening and surreal trip of my life. And the fact that I can speak Korean after living in Seoul, gave me a deeper understanding for what was happening around me, North of the 38th parallel.

One year later, I cannot stop thinking about my trip to North Korea --especially after all of the events & controversies that have happened since then. It's surreal to know that I'm one of the last Americans to visit the country, as the U.S. government issued a travel ban on all Americans to visit the DPRK effective last July.

I just put together this video to recap my thoughts and realizations about North Korea, as I take you back on my interesting journey around the most isolated country in the world.

What are your thoughts on North Korea? Would you ever go there if you had the chance? If you are considering a trip, let me know and I can connect you with my friends at Koryo Tours, the amazing company I went with.

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Living in Korea: 2 Seconds of Every Day for 1 Year

Today, I been living and teaching English in Korea for one year! I have taken one 2 second video of every single day, and put together this fun recap video of my entire year!

Enjoy watching videos of my journey across 13 new countries with, hundreds of new friends, amazing foods, wild parties, and new experiences!

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