Gather ’round, comrades, and watch this excerpt from a lecture on the DMZ’s Joint Security Area, courtesy of an officer from the Korean People’s Army.
Here is the last footage from the DVD of our North Korea tour. This is the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace (which I will write about further) in Pyongyang. The Children’s Palace is where the most gifted (or politically-connected) children go for their after school extracurricular activities. It’s like a miserable YMCA on steroids, where, instead of having fun, the kids are forced to put on show after show for Palace visitors.
The below videos show these kids, whose “artistic skill is higher than that of the children of any other country”.
Here is the North Korean produced footage of our visit to the DMZ. I had to break this up into two parts due to YouTube’s ban on videos over 10 minutes.
Part 1: This has some incredibly dramatic music as well as dialogue that explains how the “U.S. imperialists bent their knees” to the North Koreans. It also talks about the structure the North Koreans built for the signing ceremony against the wishes of the U.S., which merely wanted to hold the ceremony in a tent because the “U.S. Imperialists were afraid that future generations might see the place where they signed the surrender documents after suffering shameful defeat in the Korean War.”
Part 2: U.S. Imperialists visiting the Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom. Incredibly dramatic music followed by something that is more appropriate for a cheesy musical.
Apologies for the month long absence, but I spent June doing the following: laying in bed with a nasty bacterial throat infection, packing up all of my belongings, moving from Arlington to Alexandria, unpacking all of my belongings, looking for jobs, etc. etc. More on that later this month.
Anyways, below is more footage from our tour DVD. You will be able to see our group of U.S. Imperialists attempt to dance with the locals in Pyongyang’s Moranbong Park. This is likely the only footage you will ever see of me dancing due to the fact that I am a horrible dancer.
When I mentioned that a cameraman followed us around during our tour, filming our entire trip, I wasn’t exaggerating. He even filmed us dining at two restaurants in Pyongyang, which was kind of…weird. I’m guessing that when he went back to the studio at night to edit the footage he had shot, he and the other camera guys would get together and watch the footage. “Look at these idiot U.S. Imperialists! They can’t even pick up noodles with chopsticks!”
This is the hot pot restaurant:
And this is the Pyongyang No. 1 Duck Barbecue Restaurant:
And here is the video that accompanies my previous post on the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. Watch it so that you may familiarize yourself with the “immortal military exploits” performed by Kim Il-Sung.
Footage of our visit to the Mangyongdae Fun Fair aka the Disneyland of Pyongyang. You can watch us ride the Roller Coaster of Death, carousel, and Ferris wheel and play carnival games.
Here is the video of our visit to the Mangyongdae Native House, where Kim Il-Sung spent his childhood years.
In case my explanation was insufficient, below is the footage of our trip to the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery from the North Korean tourism DVD. It includes the usual laying of flowers, bowing, etc.