1 DAY IN NORTH KOREA (Overwhelming Experience)
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Beautiful day here in Pyongyang. Apparently it's going to be really hot today. Today we do a city tour. So here we will explore the capital. No idea what to expect as usual. I think we start the day at some important monuments. So had to wear long pants to show respect. When we arrived at the Kim il-sung and Kim Jong Il memorials, our tour coordinator Simon had to buy flowers to place under the statues. I'm not 100% sure if this is mandatory, but I have a feeling it is. But I could be wrong. So when we photographed these statues, we had to be very careful about how we took the photos.
The leaders had to be fully framed. I think that was just to show how big the statues are. They are each 22 meters high, the statues were completed in 2012. So they are relatively new on both sides of the statues. There are 229 figures representing the struggle the
Korean people endured during the war. Below, you can see US Army mats with the
Korean people standing in the mud, giving you an idea of the feelings here. As you can see there. Just went to the, uhh, main monument of Kim il-sung and Kim jong-il. We had to be extremely respectful. No photos with sunglasses, no selfies, we had to have our arms at our sides; and now we're headed to the Children's Day Memorial.
So it was supposed to be some kind of ceremony. Because today is International Children's Day, so see what that's like. Tour Coordinator: Well, if you're bored, there's something to watch out for. Just arrived at the fair is cool. It's like an amusement park. I'm not sure what to expect here. Maybe we can do some rides, check it out. There's a lot of people here. I just learned an interesting fact about the cars. There are actually a lot more cars on the road than I would have expected here. All cars are categorized by license plate. So depending on the color of the license plate and the numbers;
That tells you what the car is connected to. So blue number plates belong to a company. Black is military. Green has something to do with government. I find? Super interesting It's very rare to have your own car here. If you have your own autoband chances, you are successful. Doing something remarkable like winning the Olympics or getting a gift from the government or something. So when we came to this Children's Day celebration, we were immediately impressed and, um, intrigued. Because I think it was an extremely important event. Cameras were everywhere and even a drone was flying. So basically it was a day that was all about kids games, so they had events like tug of war and relays and stuff.
It was pretty cool. One part I wasn't really sure about was these kids had to fold up these pieces of plastic and that day was so hot. I think it was between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius and these kids smack these pieces of plastic together for hours. We were there for about three hours the whole time and these kids were clapping these things and I don't know how long they were doing this before and after we left so it seemed a little, uh, harsh, but other than that. Super interesting. So check out these clips. Okay, so I pretty much got to the back of the amusement park to roam freely.
Obviously I think this is a fenced off area, but it's not controlled in the way you're imagining. There are some cool rollercoasters here that I would love to ride, but I think they're closed today because it's International Children's Day and they're having the carnival and the ceremony and dancing whatever they're doing down there all the time different than I expected. I mean it's a lot more relaxed. But the locals still don't really look at us.. Foreigners? I do not know. what it's about. However, I have spoken to a few locals so far. There are some people who have been trained to be guides and they are really nice to talk to.
I'm not sure what we're going to do after that. I think we might have lunch or take the subway. I think we're going to ride the subway, the deepest subway system in the world. The deepest metro stations in the world in Kyiv, Ukraine. Which I went to in a previous video. But anyway, check back with you soon. So this clip was quite a strange but fun
experience. I lay on the grass waiting for the rest of the group because we were here for about 3 hours so we had a lot of time to kill. And these kids came up to me and started saying things in
Korean and pretending to shoot me with toy guns.
It was super cool to interact with the kids like that. So you can see from these few shots how clean and immaculate these subway stations are. We rode about five stations in total and stopped at about three stations. So great and clean. You compare that with, say, Europe. Your subway stations, the graffiti and so on. Here in Pyongyang it was crystal clear. I swear you could eat your lunch off the floor here. it's so clean This is amazing, the cleanest place. I was there anyway, you can see this escalator here. It is very similar to escalators, and other parts of the station are very similar to metro stations in Kyiv, Ukraine, both the deepest metro stations and metro systems in the world.
Much of the architecture is quite similar and I think that's obviously because they were both really built in the Soviet era. Fascinating to compare metro stations in very different parts of the world, but something similar absolutely fascinating. So we just came out of the metro station. And here is the triumphal arch, or triumphant. Actually, I think that's higher than in Paris. So. It's pretty impressive that it marks the date
Korea was liberated from the Japanese in 1945. So after driving past some more pictures of the leader's faces, we stopped for another lovely lunch of vegetables and pasta.
All. Small rice cakes. Nice. After lunch we drove past this big theme park with huge roller coasters and arrived at the birthplace of Kim il-sung. As you can imagine, Kim Il-sung is the founder of
Korea. This place is extremely sacred. This is where you have to show your utmost respect. It's not a place to fool around at all. After checking that we drove to the supermarkets where I couldn't get any clips because we weren't allowed to take our cameras. And here's a little clip my friend had on his phone. I just got some, um,
Korea money, and, um, I don't know how much it is. how much did we get We have heaps.
Um, ten euros? Ten euros? Or worth about a hundred Chinese yen. So we will try to spend it. It is a lot of money. I will make another video later in this series just about
Korea prices how expensive is
Korea. But stay tuned for that video later in the series. These are some pieces of fruit and some nuts I was given for the trip to the supermarket which was fully stocked with food and I spoke to a few locals as well. These two young guys came up and asked me where I was from, which was pretty cool.
But yes, there were tons of different types of food, mostly packaged food. There wasn't much fresh food. A lot of things are imported from China, but also a lot of
Korean products. I'll talk about that more in our dear ones. It's nicer from the supermarket. We arrived at the War Museum. This war museum was fascinating. If not, very sad from both sides of the war. It's all tanks here. There are also some airplanes and a helicopter that originated in the USA. Warship sunken during war some pics of some hostages there too Pretty heavy stuff. The tour was given by a really lovely young lady wearing a full
Korean army uniform.
She was very gentle and quiet and explained everything from the
Korean side of the war. She showed us one of the naval ships they also ship from the USA After that we went to the museum But unfortunately I wasn't allowed to film but it was one of the most incredible museums I've ever seen, you know Very brutal but still fascinating So we came just out of the war the museum probably spent about an hour or so there and we had a guide. I don't know how to put it but with so much attention to detail.
I'll try to find some photos on google or something and upload them now on screen just to show you they had this big panorama. Hand painted 360 degree images that took 41 artists and a year and a half to paint but it was still absolutely stunning, now let's get on the bus. We go to a huge tower that looks over Pyongyang should be super interesting. So we've come to another monument, this one represents the Labor Party hammer and then the crayon in the middle and the sickles so that the hammer represents the workers, the crayon represents the intellectuals.
It is 50 meters high and was built for the 50th anniversary of the working group. Alright guys, so let's bowl now. Just before dinner. But look at it. gutter ball. And yes, that's a power outage that happened at bowling, but it only lasted about five to ten minutes, and then it started again. From the bowling we went down to the basement and had a huge selection of food. The food was really that good this excursion. They give you beer with every meal. You can see a grill here. They also had a wide variety of vegetables. It was heaven.
All right folks, so back from the day. Big day. So much activity that you see towards the end and I slowly, uh, stopped clipping in because we were just seeing so many different things. So many memorials What caught my eye was the large memorial to the launch featuring Kim il-sung and Kim jong-il Made of bronze it was out of this world. Great. The Museum The museum was epic inside. I'm sorry I couldn't show you guys. But you must come and see it for yourself because it is a really interesting museum. You know delicious food again love
Fixed it now. Oh and the tower was definitely cool - really good view over all of Pyongyang from there. Tomorrow we make a seven-hour drive. We actually go to the coast, which seems to be quite rare when the tourists go to the coast. The hotel they stayed at is right on the beach. Being able to walk right on the beach, go swimming and such. Sounds cool. Anyway, I'm super tired again and probably talking nonsense. Thanks for watching and see you tomorrow for the next video. And if you haven't seen the last video, that was from yesterday.
That was us flying to
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