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???? Visit to the Strange Land of North Korea (DPRK)

This is a film about a traveller in the strange land called North Korea or officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Tours to the DPRK are tightly scheduled and normally include a visit to the demilitarised zone, museums and statues to Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, Pyongyang’s amusements parks, chandelier-laden metro system and showcase entertainment facilities such as the Circus and the SchoolChildren's Palace. In addition to these, I took a flightseeing flight on a Mi-17 helicopter over the DPRK's capital city of Pyongyang. As well, as my tour was an extended one, it also went the northeast of the DPRK to the tri-country area around the Rason Special Economic Zone where the DPRK, China and Russia conjoin.

The cult of the Kims is perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the DPRK. Images or statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il are found everywhere. These graven images are effectively worshipped. This film shows scenes of the veneration of the Kims (Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il) that were witnessed.

The government guides control both what you can see and also what you can take photographs of. If you take a photograph of the military, construction or something that they feel does not portray the DPRK in a positive light then they force you to delete the photograph. On exiting the country, the border guards also reviewed photographs to see if they conformed to the aforementioned standards. Despite these restrictions, this film contains images that accurately portray the state of the country as I saw it.

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00:08 Overview of trip to North Korea (DPRK)
00:52 Beijing International Airport
01:40 Air Koryo to Pyongyang
02:31 US Navy visits the DPRK too
02:49 Pyongyang International Airport
03:13 Traffic policewoman directing traffic
04:09 Map of Pyongyang
04:19 pollution in Pyongyang
05:50 Chollima (mythical flying horse)
06:07 Arch of Triumph
07:04 Traffic policewoman in traffic
08:01 trolley bus ride
09:14 Pyongyang Metro System
11:56 Yanggakdo Hotel
13:19 6AM city wakeup call for Pyongyang
14:12 stockpiling gravel for construction
15:17 women encouraging hard work
16:07 Monument to Party Founding
16:39 Victorious War Museum (Korean War)
21:22 May Day in Moran Hill Park
21:53 Kaeson Youth Park
22:25 Mangyongdae Funfair
24:04 propaganda in Pyongyang
24:35 Mangyongdae Children's Palace
27:09 helicopter fightseeing over Pyongyang
30:07 Pyongyang Circus Theatre
32:43 Juche Tower
33:30 Kim Il Sung Square
34:20 Grand People's Study House
35:10 traffic policewoman
35:58 Jang Chon Model Cooperative Farm
37:29 luxury department store
37:58 peasants ploughing with oxen
39:22 Veneration of the giant Kim statues
43:18 Pyongyang at night
45:10 Mirae (Future) Scientists Street
45:48 Science and Technology Centre
47:14 View out over Pyongyang
48:05 Reunification Highway to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
49:59 Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
52:39 Kaesong
59:00 Tomb of King Kongmin
1:01:10 Sokdamgugok (Sokdam Ravine)
1:01:40 Haeju
1:03:30 Suyangsan Falls
1:04:04 Sariwon
1:06:50 Mt. Jongbang
1:08:33 village visit
1:09:37 model pig farm
1:11:00 Mt. Kuwol
1:09:42 Sinchon Massacre Museum
1:11:39 Nampo
1:12:40 West Sea Barrage
1:15:32 Arch of Reunification
1:15:48 north to Myohyangsan (International Friendship Exhibition)
1:17:40 Myohyangsan
1:18:06 International Friendship Exhibition
1:19:42 Pohyon-sa Korean Buddhist temple
1:21:01 Flying to Rason Special Economic Zone
1:21:22 Ilyushin IL-18 (1968) to Orang
1:22:15 Yombun Revolutionary Site
1:23:12 mushroom farm
1:24:32 Chongjin Russian War Cemetary
1:24:41 Chongjin - veneration of giant Kim statues
1:26:09 Chongjin - school visits
1:27:43 Rason area
1:29:29 Pipha Island
1:29:50 shellfish diver
1:30:23 Rajin garment factory
1:30:56 Port of Rajin
1:31:48 Tri-country region (DPRK-China-Russia)
1:32:27 train to Russia via the Friendship Bridge
1:33:36 Conclusions
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I'm just back from North Korea - this is what it's like. Imagine living like you were on a movie set. Welcome to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Imagine having to wake up everyday of your life and perform like you are on a movie set and if you don't - it could mean death?

This is real life North Korea today. I travelled to North Korea and filmed this so you can see what it's like.




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Some of this footage is secretly filmed.

You'll get an idea of what it is like to travel to the most isolated country in the world. Visiting many places, including the capital Pyongyang and the poor countryside.

Please do not judge the North Korean people in this video. It is impossible to make a fully balanced view of the country by traveling there - on a controlled guided tour. This video is simply presented to give you an indication of my travel experience and my thoughts after returning.

North Korea is a unique, if not slightly weird experience. It was safer than many countries I've visited. Hopefully, this will give you another perspective on the DPRK.

Thanks for watching.


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Opening sequence - Oh The Humanity Gavin Luke

Kim Il Sung Square Dots: In It To Win It Gunnar Johnsen

Contiki Travel: Drone Alone Stefan Netsman

CCTV Cameras: Artificial Dreams Gavin Luke

Yanggakdo Hotel Arrival: Contraband Christian Nanzell

Subway Arrival: Cardboard Suit Niklas Ahlstrom

Subway Trip: Yeah Cool Martin Veida

Wide Motorways: Airport Action Gunnar Johnsen

Chopper Flight: Air 16 Gunnar Johnsen

End Credits: Either Or Kata feat. Filip Le Force


The footage was filmed on a Sony A6000:

Camera stabilization utilized a Zhiyun Crane.

This film was privately funded by Steve Wilde.

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Computer Store in North Korea

Many people are asking about the technological developments in North Korea. About their knowledge of computers and the use of other electronic goods. North Korea today is different from North Korea before, now they are more open to technological developments. You can find some electronic and computer stores in Pyongyang city, and when you buy a computer or notebook then you will get it without a LAN port. The LAN port is removed, therefore we can not connect the notebook we bought with a LAN cable.

In this video, I followed my friend bought a Notebook's charger adapter at an electronics store in Pyongyang, North Korea. The store also sells various items such as televisions, washing machine, refrigerator, DSLR Cameras, External Hard Disk, USB memory, Notebook, and others.

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Inside Rason (the Wild, Wild North of North Korea)

Inside Rason, the lesser seen, Special Economic Zone and Wild, Wild North of North Korea, bordering China and Russia.

With very few foreign visitors per year, this is one of the most fascinating and untouched parts of North Korea to visit.


Inside the restricted surveillance floor of Yanggakdo hotel, North Korea

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Tour of the Jangsusan Hotel in North Korea

Filmed in Pyongsong, North Korea (Northeast of Pyongyang)

My life in North Korea vs South Korea

UPDATE. A year after publishing this video, I decided to make another video that explains why it might not be a good idea to travel to North Korea yourself: I know it's ironic of me to say it as I've been there myself, but please think twice before making that decision. Also, if you want to learn more about the history of North Korea, watch this other video I made that's only 4 minutes long:

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One year ago I went on a strictly guided 7 day-tour in North Korea where they took away my passport and did not allow me to explore anything on my own. North Korea was definitely the weirdest country I had ever visited and throughout that trip I kept wondering what life was like in the neighboring South Korea, because it used to be the same country just over 60 years ago.

To answer my questions, this year I traveled to South Korea and made this video, where I compare my time in the North and my time in the South. I still have a lot of questions about the whole situation, but one thing was clear - the daily lives of the Korean people couldn't be any more different than they are right now.

My favorite books about North Korea:

Dear Leader by Jang Jin Sung -
Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden -
Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick -
1984 by George Orwell (I couldn't believe how similar some things in North Korea felt to the ones in the book) -

Videos about North Korea:

My Daily Life In North Korea (my video from North Korea):
10 Days in North Korea Documentary:
Escape From North Korea TED Talk:



I want to thank my friends Donghyuk Shin, Vytautas Jašauskas, Urtė Laukaitytė and Leeann Roybal-Shin for their continuous support and helping making this video. I could not have done it without them!

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The (North) Korean Chronicle - Official Teaser

North Korea Ski Trip: Watch professional skier Sam Smoothy as he explores North Korea with skis in tow. This is not a political piece. There was no agenda other than to peek behind the curtain of a country just learning about the sport of skiing. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE here:

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I got a chance to watch 'North Korea Parade' in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang

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Have you ever wondered what the North Korean people celebrate?
9 festivals that North Korea put on every year.
top 10 festivals in North Korea, covering the most interesting and
THIS ISNT A TOP 5 LIST it's a top 10.

1.Pyongyang film festival

The Pyongyang International Film Festival

2. Chu-seok

Chu-seok is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar

3. Kim Il Sung Birthday Celebration

The celebration of the life of North Korea’s founding father, Kim il Sung, is held every year on April 15.

4. National Foundation Day

5. May Day

International Workers’ Day is celebrated in North Korea,

6. Victory Day

The Day of Victory of the Great Fatherland Liberation War is a national holiday in North Korea celebrated on July 27

7. The Pyongyang beer festival

the 2017 Taedong River Beer Festival that is held in pyongyang, from July 26 until the end of August, it would have been the second time it was on.

8. Day of the Shining Star
which is for kim johg il's birthday

9. Arirang Festival

Is the Pyongyang Metro Real or Fake? You Decide.

The Pyongyang Metro (평양지하철도) is an iconic attraction most tourist groups visit during their stay in Pyongyang. The Pyongyang Metro is a living and breathing organism of the city and it's incredibly vibrant, charming and it can even be sometimes intense at times during peak hour with an average of 300,000 to 600,000 passengers each day.

The Pyongyang Metro system is considered the deepest metro in the world, buried 100 meters below the surface. It consists of two lines, the Chollima line and Hyoksin line with 16 subway stations. Pyongyang's 16-stop, marble-lined metro system, with its elaborate mosaics and a gold plated statue of Kim Il Sung, is often the center of such speculation. Some have claimed to have witnessed actors exiting the metro only to turn right back around and go for another ride. Others have insisted that since visitors often only see two or three stations, that the other stops listed on the metro's official map actually do not exist.

In August of 2017, YPT's North Korea Tours Manager Rowan Beard rode through the entire Pyongyang Metro system and captured his experience on camera. Is it real or fake? You decide!

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Cycling to the tallest skyscraper in North Korea

The Ryugyong Hotel (Chosŏn'gŭl: 류경려관; sometimes anglicised as Ryu-Gyong Hotel or Yu-Kyung Hotel) is an unfinished (although topped-out) 105-story, 330 metres (1,080 ft)-tall pyramid-shaped skyscraper in Pyongyang, North Korea. Its name (capital of willows) is also one of the historical names for Pyongyang. The building is also known as the 105 Building, a reference to its number of floors. The building has been planned as a mixed-use development, which would include a hotel.

Construction began in 1987 but was halted in 1992 as North Korea entered a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. After 1992 the building stood topped out, but without any windows or interior fittings. In 2008 construction resumed, and the exterior was completed in 2011. It was planned to open the hotel in 2012, the centenary of Kim Il-sung's birth, but this did not happen. A partial opening was announced for 2013, but this was also cancelled. As of 2018, the building remains unopened and has been called the tallest unfinished building in the world.

Source: Wiki

Train to The Future - North Korea (Deepest Metro Station in the World)

Wander around the Pyongyang subway.

The Pyongyang Metro (Korean: 평양 지하철도; MR: P'yŏngyang Chihach'ŏlto) is the rapid transit system in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. It consists of two lines: the Chollima Line, which runs north from Puhŭng Station on the banks of the Taedong River to Pulgŭnbyŏl Station, and the Hyŏksin Line, which runs from Kwangbok Station in the southwest to Ragwŏn Station in the northeast. The two lines intersect at Chŏnu Station.

Daily ridership is estimated to be between 300,000 and 700,000. Structural engineering of the Metro was completed by North Korea, with rolling stock and related electronic equipment imported from China.This was later replaced with rolling stock acquired from Germany.

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Five Days in North Korea - Pyongyang, DMZ, Dandong train

An informative travel log from a visit to the most isolated country in the world, including a review of food and accommodation.

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When Lake Lotawana freezes over each winter, the icy surface becomes a playground for young and old.
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Ice boating and ice skating are two popular activities, but there are endless ways to glide across the frozen surface. Located in Missouri, this body of water is typically enjoyed by the “weekenders” who only visit during the summer months. See how the locals enjoy the lake when the temperatures drop in this immersive short by Trevor Hawkins of Mammoth.

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