[DPRK] Chapter 3: Some Solid Scenery

[This is the 4th post in a series of blog posts about my adventures in the DPRK from 11 August – 17 August 2013. You can find previous posts here.] 

Rolling green hills and peaceful lakes aren’t quite what comes to mind for most people when you think of the DPRK. With all that’s in the news, we often forget about what else the country has to offer. Much of my time in the DPRK was spent travelling between cities and towns, and we saw plenty of beautiful scenes and nature’s touch everywhere.

Sweet sunsets.

Sweet sunsets.

Mountains everywhere

Mountains everywhere

Getting in quite late, our first clear view of the city was from our hotel. Our hotel, the Yanggakdo Hotel, is on an island and is an impressive 47 floors high. Here’s the foggy view from the top floor. It only got better from here.

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From the 48th floor.

Foggy days ahead.

If you prefer moving pictures:

This was a stopping point on our way from Pyongyang to Wonsan. Gorgeous mountains and lakes!

Mountains and Lakes

Mountains and Lakes

If you prefer moving pictures:

One of my favourite parts of the trip: A walk along this long pier which proved to be a spectacular view in itself. Locals come here to set up DIY barbecue sets and chill out with their friends. #nofilter

A pier.

A pier.

Perfect picnic spot.

Perfect picnic spot.

I sat by the beach and wrote instead, but the water must’ve been a good escape for my friends who were unused to the weather. Singapore had me well-trained for the North Korean sun.

Beach time!

Beach time!

Ulim waterfalls. Also a good spot for a swim and a picnic lunch.

A swim or picnic by the falls.

A swim or picnic by the falls.

Most of the best views we saw were on the way/at towns and cities away from Pyongyang. It’s kind of like driving to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve from Queenstown.

Flowers everywhere, a couple of hours from Pyongyang

Flowers everywhere, a couple of hours from Pyongyang

Standing tall and proud.

Standing tall and proud.

We drove out to the west to have a look at their barrage. It’s just a bit more impressive than ours.

Nampho West Sea Dam

Nampho West Sea Dam

Le wild barrage

Le wild barrage

Again, really nice view from up here. I attempted to get up to the lighthouse but was spotted by guards.

The road on the way to the DMZ.

Looks like it could be another big city.

Looks like it could be another big city.

Way up high in the middle of Pyongyang city:

A look at the streets on the way out of Pyongyang:

And a reminder: 1 Korea. Reunification1

One Korea

One Korea

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