North Korea Panoramas

When I went to North Korea in March, I took a helluva lot of photographs (and paintings!). Here are some more — in extra-wide panorama format!

(If you click on the pictures, it will take you to the larger view in my Flickr photostream)
 
Looking over Kim Il Sung Square on a sunny day in Pyongyang, with the Taedong River and Juche Tower in the background.
 
Kim Il Sung Square
 
A beautiful tile mosaic adorns the side of a building in the Pyongyang Film Studios backlot, illustrating landmarks of North Korean cinema.
 
Pyongyang Film Studios mural
 
Foggy morning in Kaesong City.
 
Kaesong Vista
 
The older section of Kaesong City, where many pre-war buildings still stand.
 
Kaesong Street
 
A traditional Korean city gate adorns a roundabout in the centre of Kaesong City.
 
Kaesong Roundabout
 
A concrete billboard exhorts the citizens of Kaesong: “최후의 승리를 향하여 앞으로!” (“Forward, to the final victory!”)
 
Kaesong Slogan
 
From the north side of the border, looking across Panmunjom at the South Korean building.
 
Panmunjom
 
Kumsusan Palace, former seat of Kim Il-Sung. Now an opulent mausoleum where the former leaders of the country lie in state.
 
Kumsusan Palace
 
The Grand People’s Study House, the enormous central library in Pyongyang, as seen from across the Taedong River.
 
Grand People's Study House
 
A pair of matching towers behind the Party Founding Monument.
 
Pyongyang Buildings
 
North Korean museums may be shamelessly devoted to retconning history, but their exhibits put all others to shame.
 
In this sweeping diorama, the elder Kims (atop the bridge, just right of centre) lend their personal guidance to the overhauling of the country’s rail infrastructure.
 
Train Museum Diorama 1
 
Sinuiju, on the China-DPRK border, is a stark contrast to the ‘showcase’ areas of the country that most tours stick to. Stepping off the train was like stepping into an 80’s-era hollywood distopic movie set, complete with eerie electronic sci-fi music blaring over the propaganda loudspeakers. Cold and windy, the city is a wasteland of construction — It’s citizens, however, are honest and vivacious, with a well-earned reputation as shit-disturbers.
 
Below, a large public square in the centre of the city:
 
Sinuiju
 
Across the Yalu River from Sinuiju sits the Chinese city of Dandong, a bright new metropolis built up against the riverbanks. At night, the facade of glass towers facing the DPRK light up like Las Vegas, and Sinuiju answers with a sparse, faltering display of its own.
 
On the left, it looks like our guide is trying to cover the camera lens; actually she was laughing and waving 🙂
 
Dandong from Sinuiju - night
 
Pyongyang Station.
 
Pyongyang Railway Station
 
This is just a few of the panoramas I took in the DPRK. If you want to see more, check out my full set on Flickr!
 
Previously:
HDRI Photographs in North Korea
Painting in North Korea
A Visit to the DPRK
 
 

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