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Communist China and Vietnam are now open for all, yet "The People's Democratic Republic of Korea" – North Korea – remains a mystery. There's so little that we realy know about North Korea that any piece of information is highly valued and extremely interesting.

Artemia Lebedev has had the opportunity to go into North Korea and take a few limited photos.

Artemia Lebedev's Russian guide in North Korea

Here's a translated version of his Russian tales:

  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III
  • Part IV
  • Part V

Here is a forum posting I found discussing his trip and detailing a few more Russians who've been to North Korea (sometimes photos are off, I donno why):

Unreal.



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  • Todd Alperovitz

    It’s just that, a peek… another sterilized travelogue of the DPRK.

    Children of the Secret State hosted on Google video is a much better look at Korea.

  • Todd Alperovitz

    It’s just that, a peek… another sterilized travelogue of the DPRK.

    Children of the Secret State hosted on Google video is a much better look at Korea.

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ fiLi

      This one, eh? :
      http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-6951629397402742053

      Yeah, I saw it on IsraeliTV a while ago (http://www.filination.com/blog/2006/05/06/chinese-in-israel-2/)

      There were a few things I found interesting about the Russian:
      There were quite a few of those Russian lads going into NK.
      They were allowed to walk around quite freely and take photos (though being followed).
      Discovery does a good job of showing the awful happenings in NK, but the photos taken by the Russians show a different perspective of everyday NK. There is a life there… there are people living there…

    • Brother None

      > It’s just that, a peek… another sterilized travelogue of the DPRK
      Yeah, it’s obvious that he couldn’t deviate much from the route that was forced on him (though he tried). Yet I think his photos perfectly show the absurdity of that “heaven on earth” look which the North Korean government tries to show to foreigners. His comments are full of irony and some photos do catch some sights his guides did not want him to see… Sadly, I don’t think machine translation could convey it all in a meaningful way.

  • egg

    you could’ve gotten killed for that picture, good job getting out

  • Satchmagic

    Yeah seriously. I don’t know how you managed to take a picture of that statue. From what i know they strictly prohibit people from taking picture of it.

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