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DPRK, day 2

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Lucy Liu and the lad, our beloved guides tried to give us useful hints how to behave in this interesting country. We had heard something about having proper clothes when visiting certain places and rules of taking photos were also updated. So, we were not supposed to take photos from the bus, not taking photos of people without asking and some special places (as usual) but till the end we were usually asked to take our cameras with us and shoot photos! I could have taken some nice landscape photos in the countryside because it was really beautiful there. Rice fields, corn fields, people working in the fields, mountains... nothing to be ashamed of!

So, we were going to visit places with our guides and the bus driver. We would not go anywhere on our own. The schedule was so full of program all days that there was really no need to go anywhere after we arrived to the hotel. It was so late that it was already dark and I didn't see any places where I wanted to go alone late in the evening in the darkness. Jet lag (6 hours difference) also took some efforts.

At first we went to a park near Mansudae Grand Monument. Our guide asked if we wanted to buy flowers! We didn't. Well, it was the first fail... we should have bought the bucket of flowers and honour the great leaders' statue where we were heading next. An embarrassing misunderstanding though I thought I might have given the flowers to our pretty tour guide. She didn't express the meaning of having flowers clear enough.

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Without flowers, we ended up to the huge Mansudae Grand Monument. Our guide told us that we can honour the great leaders on our national way but we did it the local way. We walked in a row close to the statue and bent shortly.

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Locals were wearing their best clothes, men had black suits and ties, many women had national dresses! Locals really appreciate their deceased leaders. Lots of flowers were left to the statue.

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More heroes!

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It was time to leave the capital city and take a two hours bus drive to Nampho city and visit the great Nampho dam. It's built to prevent the sea water rising up and flooding during the high tide.

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The national dressed lady showing the secrets of this huge structure.

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Next destination was Sariwon city. A long drive by bus via empty roads through nice landscapes. Really, there was no cars although the road was partly three lanes wide - to the both directions! The lack of fuel and cars due to the economical restrictions set by imperialist countries cause this odd scenery. Part of the road was recently covered by new tarmac, partly it was old and bumpy. We had lunch at Sariwon 3.8 Hotel. Again, only four Finns - no other customers.

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Old Buddhist Monastery was the next place where we visited in Sariwon. We saw only one monk at Songbul Temple.

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Back to Pyongyang again. The childhood home of Kim Il Sung seemed like (excuse me) fake to me.

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The last place for this day was Pyongyang subway! It's built really deep under the surface, more than 100 metres. There are two crossing lines and not so many people if compared to other capital cities but anyway, it's working!

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Look, no graffiti!

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We took a short trip between two stations.

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Around 7 pm. we were back at the hotel Yanggakdo, it was becoming dark... after dinner and some beers at the lobby bar, it was time to go bed.

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to be continued...

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lautenist
Oct. 22nd, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)
great photos (again)
Everything there looks very neat and proper
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