Landscapes of North Korea

I was recently approached by a South Korean magazine interested in publishing some of my photographs from a 2014 journey to North Korea. While the project ultimately fell through, it got me looking back over the sketches and photos I had taken during the trip. Some of my favourite photographs were from a series of panoramic landscapes I took from bus and train windows as we toured the country.

In Pyongyang, The Grand People’s Study House.
 
The Grand People's Study House
 
 
The Juche Tower, a monument in central Pyongyang dedicated to the North Korean concept of self-sufficient economic development.
 
Juche Tower

 
 
Commuters queue up for the bus in Pyongyang.
 
Bus Queue in Pyongyang
 
 
The ancient, crumbling rubble mountains of the Korean peninsula are laid bare in the late winter.
 
Village at the foot of a mountain
 
 
On the northern side of the DMZ, just a few kilometres from the border with South Korea, a few lonely buildings sit amidst the rice fields.
 
The DMZ, North Korea

 
 
Scenes of the North Korean countryside…
 
Old man on a Bicycle

 
Rural Community, North Korea
 
 
An hour outside of Pyongyang, soldiers pull double-duty as construction workers on a new university complex.
 
Pyongseong Construction

 
North Korean Country House
 
 
Throughout the countryside, the remains of bombed-out infrastructure from the Korean War still stand, alongside rebuilt roads and bridges.
 
North Korea Countryside

 
Winter in North Korea
 
North Korean Village
 
 
Extensive erosion damage is a ubiquitous feature of the North Korean landscape. The geology of North Korea is not particularly friendly to farming in the first place, and heavy agricultural deforestation in the 90’s led to a string of devastating floods and droughts which continue to this day, although during the time of my visit there were intensive replanting efforts underway by the government.
 
North Korean countryside

 
Kid on a Bike
 
Farmers Working a Field in the Winter
 
North Korean Commune
 
 
A compound of regional government buildings in a small town northwest of Pyongyang.
 
North Korea Countryside
 
 
The Yalu River separates the North Korean city of Sinuiju from the Chinese city Dandong, spanned by the as-yet unfinished New Yalu River Bridge. The bridge’s construction, much like Sino-Korean relations, has been stalled for nearly a decade.
 
Yalu River

 
 
View of Dandong from Shinuiju. At night, the entire city glows like Las Vegas, while the Koreans answer with their own display of flickering holiday lights.
 
China, seen from North Korea

 

See also:
A short trip to North Korea
North Korea Panoramas
Beautiful photos of North Korea
Painting in North Korea
Pyongyang Film Studios
 
 

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