My Reader will be familiar with the fact that in many countries newlyweds seek out special spots for their wedding photographs. Such spots are typically spots of outstanding beauty so you will come across newlyweds having their photos taken in parks and gardens, by waterfalls, at old castles and so on. Such photo shoots are invariably private affairs and typically do not involve tourists.


In North Korea, while newlyweds have photographs taken in similar places, they also make a point of having wedding photographs taken at national monuments, statues of the Leaders and sites of historical (Kim dynasty) significance. It is vital that respect is paid to Leaders on this important occasion in people’s lives. Note, in my attached photographs, how the lapel badges of the Leaders are even worn on people’s wedding day and indeed on every brides wedding dress.

In addition to having photos taken at statues of the leaders and in areas of scenic beauty, when newlyweds visit parks and gardens such as the Folk Park here in Sinuiju (where the attached photos were all taken) they partake of all the facilities such places have to offer. As such, is common to see newlyweds enjoying a bit of target practice, having a swing in the park or doing a spot of painting. How incredibly sweet!

16The absolute icing on the cake however seems to be having their photographs taken with western tourists. Accordingly, when I visited the Sinuiju Folk Park on a Saturday afternoon I became the star attraction in the park and ended up in the wedding photos of eight pairs of newlyweds, who were in the park at the time. Couples were literally queuing up to have their photo taken with me – not something I am generally accustomed too!

I can’t help wondering if my image is now hanging along side that of the mandatory images of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in eight houses in North Korea – in fact more, as I also had photos taken in Pyongyang on a number of occasions though not nearly as often as here in Sinuiju where western tourists are still somewhat of a novelty or, perhaps, freak-show.

This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on my trip to Sinuiju, North Korea. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Mosaics of the Leaders – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – In North Korea – On the Border with China.


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