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Location - North East Asia; Capital - Pyongyang; Population - 24 million; Currency - North Korean Won MORE NORTH KOREA

After Chonsangri the tour rolled on to Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, our base to explore Nampo, then head back to Pyongyang - September 2009.


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dprk547Pedal power on the road from Nampo to Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel



dprk545Our bus parked outside the Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel



dprk544Bert, Johan, Christian, Frank and Kristian play pool and get very drunk at Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel















dprk543Pyongyang vodka - aargh! But far better than Chinese vodka, which has to be the foulest tasting alcohol ever - Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel

















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dprk541What Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel is known for. Not me but the spa. Relax and bathe in naturally hot mineral water.



dprk548Crossing the calm waters of the West Sea via the West Sea Barrage, Nampo














dprk550The US$4 billion West Sea Barrage was designed to harness water via a huge manmade reservoir - Nampo










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dprk552Kim Jong Il takes centre stage at the West Sea Barrage exhibition centre, Nampo



dprk554The army take a look at the West Sea Barrage, Nampo




dprk562Our West Sea Barrage guide, Nampo




















dprk561The West Sea Barrage comprises a dam, sluice gates and 3 locks - Nampo















dprk560Fishing boats in the West Sea Barrage reservoir, Nampo


dprk563There's a lot of salt fields around the Taedong River estuary, Nampo



dprk565Driving through the port city of Nampo
















dprk569Well worth doing for the best views of a distant Pyongyang is Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang



dprk571The trail to the top of Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang



dprk572A pair of the welcoming creatures on the way - Pyongyang















dprk574The city starts to become visible - Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang















dprk576Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang



dprk578Marie, me, a pig on a motorbike, and Korea Konsult's Julia close to the top of Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang



dprk583A fantastic view from the top of Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang















dprk587And what else but the Ryugyong Hotel would dominate? Pyongyang















dprk584The scenery looking away from the capital is very picturesque - Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang



dprk592The city of Pyongyang from Ryongak Hill - Pyongyang



dprk593Mads, Christina, me and Delphine provide some confusing 'on-the-spot guidance' to anyone who cared to look - Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang














dprk595Picnic time at Ryongak Hill, Pyongyang















dprk596With no time to lose in a packed itinerary, it was straight to the Pyongyang circus



dprk598I wasn't bothered about going to this but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was - Pyongyang

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dprk602A three-legged man, presumably there's another guy in there somewhere - Pyongyang














dprk604We stopped enjoying it here. From what I read people are treated in a similar way. Check out the book below - Pyongyang








dprk611The river fountains were working on 9th September, National Day, celebrating the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Pyongyang



dprk616North Korean flags out for National Day - Pyongyang



dprk612National and red flags next to the Taedong River, Pyongyang













dprk613As mentioned before, the Tower of the Juche Idea is 170 metres tall - Pyongyang



dprk610One of the sculptures next to the Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang



dprk615'Juche' is the official ideology of North Korea. It loosely translates to, and advocates a spirit of, self-reliance - Pyongyang




















dprk617This statue represents the worker, peasant and intellectual - Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang



dprk618The 20-metre high torch on top of the tower - Pyongyang




















dprk619The tower was built to celebrate Kim Il Sung's 70th birthday in 1982. It is made from 25,550 blocks of granite (70 years x 365 days = 25,550) Pyongyang



dprk622And again the views from the top of the tower are superb - the Yanggakdo Hotel on Yanggak Island is clearly visible - Pyongyang














dprk624The rowing boats are out in force on National Day - Pyongyang















dprk625Kim Il Sung Square and the Grand People's Study House, Pyongyang



dprk626And of course the Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang



dprk627The Okryu bridge and, further back, Rungna Island and bridge, with the May Day stadium further back again - Pyongyang















dprk628From the Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang




















dprk633One of my favourites, overlooking the Taedong River, Pyongyang



dprk634Locals dressed up on National Day, Pyongyang



dprk620Looking skywards from the viewing platform to the torch, Pyongyang














dprk637Long-life Liquor, with ingredients including 'penis of fur-seal' - Pyongyang



















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LINKS - Korea Konsult is a Swedish based company that I booked my tour with. For me it offered the best itinerary and was flexible enough to cater for travelling by train to Pyongyang. The group size, at 23, was rather large however (but a great bunch of people!) - Koryo Tours is the market leader - plenty of independent news stories and analysis of North Korea - news portal on behalf of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (ie. North Korea) - news from the 'Korean Central News Agency' - definitely not an official DPRK site - the Random Insult Generator

Other tour agencies - - USA/Dandong, China - USA - Netherlands - UK - Germany - USA - Hong Kong - UK - Singapore - Netherlands - China


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