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“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds.

North Korea was the last country seemingly immune to change—but no longer. Recent years have witnessed mobile phone penetration, a surge in tourists, and even a marathon. Numerous special economic zones have been launched in cooperation with China, Russia, and South Korea, with railways planned linking all countries in the region. “Enter Pyongyang” captures not just the city, but this dynamism and sense of potential.

This video is the single most significant multi-­media contribution to transcending clichés about North Korea as a society defined by reclusiveness and destitution. To travel there is to witness a proud civilization, though one caught in a Cold War time-warp. Korean cultural traditions are meticulously preserved and displayed in authentic richness. Anyone who has witnessed the awe-inspiring Mass Games knows that, with great sacrifice, North Koreans can pull off a performance unparalleled in its precision.

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If any of you fools ever doubted that the brave and bold North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was anything but beloved, these touching images of the great man in action (provided by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency, of course) offer definite proof of the people’s adoration.

If any of you fools ever doubted that the brave and bold North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was anything but beloved, these touching images of the great man in action (provided by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency, of course) offer definite proof of the people’s adoration.

A friend just returned from North Korea and shares this karoke song, which he says is “almost as ubiquitous as the Dear Leader in North Korea but about 1,000 times more likable.” The hook: “Nice to meet you.” 

Pangapsumnida!

I have occasionally acted as a kind of interpreter helping to bridge gaps of understanding between the two countries.
In which we learn Douglas Dong-Moon Joo, chairman of the Washington Times newspaper, has been “functioning as an informal emissary between the Bush administration and the despotic [North Korean] regime of Kim Jong-il.”

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This video of North Koreans mourning the death of leader Kim Jong Il is mesmerizing and terrifying.

As crazy as he was, he really did foster a powerful cult of personality over the North Korean people.

If I had my ideal world I would not allow weapons and atom bombs anymore. I would destroy all terrorists with the Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme. I would make people stop taking drugs…
An excerpt from a poem written by Kim Jong il’s second son Kim Jong Chol in the sixth or seventh grade. The deceased North Korean leader deemed Jong Chol too soft and “feminine” for the job his younger brother just inherited.