Despite this awe inspiring scene here in it's full suit of gray,
the way we are led to believe North Korea and it's people are,
the truth of the place is quite different.
People dressed quite brightly and many eye boggling pieces of original architecture.
Recently Black Washington DC Rappers Pacman and Peso made the country's first rap video and
if you follow them you soon see the place isn't the dreary hell hole we are Led to believe
This is a statement of of what (we) idealize and ultimately what we idolize - or at least an attempt to have some do so.
It makes me curious as to what percentage of the North Korean population are duped into buying into this distorted mindset.
The photography is breath taking. The scale of large and small is hard to comprehend,yet it is clearly there to see. I enjoy being a free thinking individual here, with free choices to make as I please. This is not a comparison, just how it is really, in different countries j.e.s.
Speaks to me of Egomania. It could be Hitler on the wall or Stalin. It sure wouldn't be me unless it was a most wanted poster! Scary that people can have minds like this.
Leave the politics to CNN, NatGeo. It's big, so are a lot of other places. It's structured, well so is much of the world.
Want to be a real artist, show a picture of violence or actual aggression in North Korea and forget the reality of domestic United States.
Reminds me how Egyptian Pyramids were built by slave labor, for greatness and idolatry of their tormentors. A beautiful monument to human stupidity.
Not criticising you in any way for your decision to visit, but did you give any consideration to fact that your visitor dollars and the visitor dollars of others are ultimately helping the regime? I am undecided on this issue.
Thanks for sharing. Great view from above. More info to store in my memory bank of new and unknown information about other countries.
@Nat Turner Yeah its only because of west controlled media (BBC/CNN) we are forced to believe what they wanna us to believe
@Bev Hennager or Ceausescu
@James Robledo How did they mention or address any political issues with this? This isn't even a photo by a NatGeo photographer, and the text below the photo is a quote of the photographer.
By highlighting the photo, NatGeo is showing us what on part of North Korea looks like. Not many people are familiar with North Korea's landmarks, so I believe they were not stepping into the realm of politics, but simply remained in the realm of geography to give us a glimpse into this country.
Why do people keep repeating the error,
that the pyramids of Kam / Egypt were built with slave labor ?
No where is that written in antiquity,
the only reference I have found comes from those who have mis-read or did not understand what they they read in the Torah / Bible.
The Children of Israel / Hebrews were, allegedly,
put to task to "build the STOREHOUSE of Rameses",
not the pyramids.
Furthermore Rameses came at least a thousand years after the early pyramid age.
No one would dare suggest other similar cyclopean structures which also involve great scientific and engineering skills, such as, the pyramids of Mexico, Guatemala or China used slave labor,
no one would suggest it of Stonehenge in Predain,
so why of the earth's greatest monuments situated as they are in Africa ?
@MILTON Camuyrano or christian cathedrals
@Yaz Vastradiant Even the cars are black.
@Yaz Vastradiant a sad reality
@Michael Barry The year I visited, 2012, the UN allocated 12.9USD in aid to North Korea. The US has also given food aid to North Korea in the past, much of which ends up in the hands of the government. I'm not sure my tourist dollars make a difference in the success of the regime. Like Jonathan also said, I think tourism can also be a positive exchange between people. Tourists are likely the only foreigners most North Koreans ever meet, and if they can see that we're not monsters like we're portrayed, and also we can learn that they're not either, it can be beneficial.
@Michael Barry The few dollars they make is negligible. It's my opinion that having foreign presence in North Korea enlightens not only the outside world of what's going on inside; but for the insiders to see foreigners and to realize we are not the demons their state-run media portrays. Instead they see that we are good, healthy and prosperous people. Enough to be a catalyst of change.
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