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(Boston.com)   Photo essay reveals a North Korea bustling with life and unbridled enthusiasm   (boston.com) divider line 272
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2011-09-16 02:24:04 PM
North Korea always reminds me of a very desolate and empty version of Cultural Revolution-era China, only North Korea stayed that way.
 
2011-09-16 02:35:47 PM
What a shiathole.
 
2011-09-16 02:40:08 PM
It's a pretty good demonstration about crippling effects of a xenophobic and isolationist policy.

/ Take note, whharrgarbblers.
 
2011-09-16 03:03:48 PM

CrispFlows: It's a pretty good demonstration about crippling effects of a xenophobic and isolationist policy.
/ Take note, whharrgarbblers.


Or Stalinism.

/Take note, communists
 
2011-09-16 03:04:30 PM
Budweiser?
 
2011-09-16 03:05:02 PM
What's with that kid porcelain doll playing the violin?
 
2011-09-16 03:24:31 PM
The guy in picture #25 looks like a butthead.
 
2011-09-16 03:30:26 PM

volfan: What's with that kid porcelain doll playing the violin?


All the kids looked like robots.
 
2011-09-16 03:38:35 PM
Link (new window)

I've seen this portrait somewhere before..
 
2011-09-16 03:39:12 PM

volfan: What's with that kid porcelain doll playing the violin?


Get the hell outta there. That's not a kid, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a kid, it isn't real! GET AWAY YOU IDIOTS!!
 
2011-09-16 03:39:18 PM
Thhhhats Luxurrrrrryy!!!
 
2011-09-16 03:41:15 PM

volfan: What's with that kid porcelain doll playing the violin?


The poor nutrition in North Korea probably has lead to ten year old boys who sort of look like odd six year olds. Link (new window)
 
2011-09-16 03:41:21 PM
There's a Farker here who took pics of the PDRK or whatever the heck it's called. Very fascinating. Almost every pic had some corn (?) drying on the roads, and everything was tidy but... empty.
 
2011-09-16 03:41:33 PM

tin_man: Budweiser?


AND dried fish!

It's weird to think of Bud as an import. I watched people pay 8-10 bucks a bottle for bud longnecks in London. Crazy world, it is.
 
2011-09-16 03:42:09 PM
The shot of Pyongyang at dusk is amazing. Not one billboard.
 
2011-09-16 03:42:53 PM

volfan: What's with that kid porcelain doll playing the violin?


The kids are all wearing makeup -- even the boys. Guess Kim Jong Il thinks little boys look better with eye shadow.
 
2011-09-16 03:42:56 PM
Gosh, how many times does the article need to mention that a South Korean tourist was shot to death by North Korean soldiers?

Get over it, already!
 
2011-09-16 03:43:00 PM
FTFA:
Budweiser and dried fish are part of the cuisine served to passengers on plastic tables on the deck area for the Mangyongbyong cruise ship's inaugural voyage. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) #

Okay Farkers, .. educate me. How do you eat dried fish?

/the beer I get
 
2011-09-16 03:43:30 PM
Man, that sure looks like one fine cruise ship.
 
2011-09-16 03:43:33 PM
The only people smiling in those pictures are the tourists.
 
2011-09-16 03:44:10 PM
I kind of like the absence of advertising.

And where did they get the Budweiser?
 
2011-09-16 03:44:48 PM
Cruise ship? We call that a ferry.

We'll be there soon enough.
 
2011-09-16 03:44:55 PM
holy hell do those north Korean women ever look hot.

If thats what living in a dictatorship does to the women...I am all for throwing out democracy ( for women )
 
2011-09-16 03:45:23 PM
inapcache.boston.com

IM THE KING OF THE WORRRRRRRRRRRRRLLLLLD!!!!
 
2011-09-16 03:45:33 PM

elchip: volfan: What's with that kid porcelain doll playing the violin?

Get the hell outta there. That's not a kid, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a kid, it isn't real! GET AWAY YOU IDIOTS!!


"We figured out a test. . .you stick a wire into the blood sample, and if the blood jumps away it tries to eat it because it's so, so hungry, you know you have a North Korean."
 
2011-09-16 03:45:35 PM
You couldn't design a better dystopia than picture 52 if you tried.

That was a nice look at the North Korea we (and most North Koreans) wouldn't normally see.
 
2011-09-16 03:45:42 PM

RiverRat: Okay Farkers, .. educate me. How do you eat dried fish?


You chew it. How else would you eat it?

/Not being facetious. You just eat it like jerky.
 
2011-09-16 03:45:44 PM

fireclown: tin_man: Budweiser?

AND dried fish!

It's weird to think of Bud as an import. I watched people pay 8-10 bucks a bottle for bud longnecks in London. Crazy world, it is.


I was on the Gold coast of Australia and they were charging $7.00 for Miller High life because it was an import, I almost died laughing
 
2011-09-16 03:46:01 PM
i.imgur.com

YOU OUT OF SYNC! YOU GO LABOR CAMP!
 
2011-09-16 03:46:01 PM
A Chinese tourist poses near mountains peaks at the Kumgang mountain resort in North Korea. Once a shining example of the possibility of reconciliation between the two Koreas, the resort is now at the center of an international dispute. Pyongyang had joined with South Korean businesses to build and run the resort, which had attracted South Korean tourists and much-needed revenues for the North. After a tourist was killed by North Korean guards in 2008, however, the resort has been shuttered. Now North Korea has seized the assets and is trying to lure other tourists to the resort.

They have a great advertising campaign:

Come to beautiful Kumgang. We promise we probably won't shoot you.
 
2011-09-16 03:46:01 PM
Since tourism is down NK should really consider talking with the Chinese Tourism people. It's a good idea and should be repeated repeatedly.
 
2011-09-16 03:46:03 PM

minoridiot: I kind of like the absence of advertising.

And where did they get the Budweiser?


It isnt exactly that hard. They just buy it through a different country. The butterball ruler is the largest purchaser of hennesy.
 
2011-09-16 03:46:15 PM

Diogenes: volfan: What's with that kid porcelain doll playing the violin?

All the kids looked like robots.


Imagine what classroom discipline is like there. And imagine what happens to adults if the kids you train for stuff like this mess up.
 
2011-09-16 03:46:30 PM
All of the performing children look like they are being tortured.

Grunz: The only people smiling in those pictures are the tourists.


The only people who have an ounce of extra weight on them are the tourists.
 
2011-09-16 03:46:50 PM

RiverRat: FTFA:
Budweiser and dried fish are part of the cuisine served to passengers on plastic tables on the deck area for the Mangyongbyong cruise ship's inaugural voyage. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) #

Okay Farkers, .. educate me. How do you eat dried fish?

/the beer I get


it's fish jerky. You eat it like jerky.

/jerk
 
2011-09-16 03:46:53 PM

H31N0US: The shot of Pyongyang at dusk is amazing. Not one billboard.


That one looked like a cut-scene still from a video game... very exacting but so repetitive and without any real signs of life/motion. Eerie.

It is just amazing that here we are in 2011 and the most isolated nation of people in the world lives mere miles from one of the most connected and modern... all the while sharing a common culture (well almost) and bloodline and ethnicity. North Korea is just the strangest real thing I've ever learned about.

Also: Margaret Cho's KJI impression on 30 Rock kills me every time I watch it.
 
2011-09-16 03:47:28 PM
It looks sort of like Detroit but with less food and homicides.
 
2011-09-16 03:47:42 PM

kvinesknows: holy hell do those north Korean women ever look hot.
If thats what living in a dictatorship does to the women...I am all for throwing out democracy ( for women )


Thinking the same thing. I'm not sure if I should be having lunch at the local Walmart or in Pyongyang next time.
 
2011-09-16 03:47:49 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2011-09-16 03:47:49 PM
The pictures of the kids scare the heck out of me. I wish, I wish, I wish this wasn't this way.
 
2011-09-16 03:47:56 PM
I don't know exactly where it was in North Korea or when it was taken, but there is this hidden camera footage someone took with the camera in their coat and this woman was laying dead by the side of the road and everybody was just walking by as if nothing was wrong.
 
2011-09-16 03:47:58 PM

rickythepenguin: IM THE KING OF THE WORRRRRRRRRRRRRLLLLLD!!!!



Ha! I loved Inception...
 
2011-09-16 03:48:24 PM
Sweet weaponry!

I want an RPG-7!
 
2011-09-16 03:48:32 PM

Superrad: CrispFlows: It's a pretty good demonstration about crippling effects of a xenophobic and isolationist policy.
/ Take note, whharrgarbblers.

Or Stalinism.

/Take note, communists


Or Charismatic churches if they really had their way. There is a lot of similarities in how they are run compared to the cultishness of Best Korea
 
2011-09-16 03:48:38 PM
I guess they're preparing to receive the Pope?
 
2011-09-16 03:49:23 PM

JoeJitsu: Come to beautiful Kumgang. We promise we probably won't shoot you.


almost lost my coffee on that one.
 
2011-09-16 03:49:33 PM
Did a soldier shoot a south korean tourist or something? I wasn't sure from the article.
 
2011-09-16 03:49:53 PM

JoeJitsu: A Chinese tourist poses near mountains peaks at the Kumgang mountain resort in North Korea. Once a shining example of the possibility of reconciliation between the two Koreas, the resort is now at the center of an international dispute. Pyongyang had joined with South Korean businesses to build and run the resort, which had attracted South Korean tourists and much-needed revenues for the North. After a tourist was killed by North Korean guards in 2008, however, the resort has been shuttered. Now North Korea has seized the assets and is trying to lure other tourists to the resort.

They have a great advertising campaign:

Come to beautiful Kumgang. We promise we probably won't shoot you.


Lord help you if you try to steal the towels.
 
2011-09-16 03:50:30 PM
Come to beautiful Kumgang. We promise we probably won't shoot you.

Reading this sentence made me immediately think of Sasha Gray. Be back in 5 minutes...
 
2011-09-16 03:50:37 PM

joeflood: I guess they're preparing to receive the Pope?



Do they have lube?


What?
 
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