Monday, April 11, 2016

A portrait of Pyongyang

What's daily life really like in the North Korean capital? In an article republished by the Guardian, NK News asked an assortment of people, including a defector, a pair of diplomats and the first Westerner to study at Kim Il-sung University. A university lecturer suggested: "Imagine rewinding the clock back to 1980, when cellphones didn't exist and people spoke to their neighbours and friends on a daily basis." Doesn't sound all that bad, does it? Aside from the censorship, repressive political climate and restrictions on freedom of movement.

Meanwhile, architecture critic Oliver Wainwright found touring North Korea to be like wandering around inside a Wes Anderson film. Take a look at the images accompanying this article and you'll see how right he is.

(Thanks to Neil and Seralynn for the links.)

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