Chairman Mao Zedong

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Less than an hour out of North Korea and I wondered, was I never going to be able to get away from bronze statues of leaders in squares? Continue reading “Chairman Mao Zedong”

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Our short crossing – Sinuiju to Dandong, China

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After lunch our passports, entry permits and exit cards had been returned to us and we were asked to sign the pre-completed exit cards which were written in Korean and completed in Korean. Having jokingly asked our guide what she had written about me on my exit card she had a second look and changed one answer explaining that I had now been converted from female to male. I signed the card, wondering what else might be incorrect on it and what fate might shortly befall me for ‘my’ false declarations. Continue reading “Our short crossing – Sinuiju to Dandong, China”

Looking at Dandong from Sinuiju

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Sinuiju, North Korea’s most significant border town with 360,000 people is literally a few hundred metres from Dandong, a thriving city of nearly 3 million people in north east China. In practical terms, for all bar a select few citizens of Sinuiju, the two cities might as well be on different planets as there is as much chance of their getting to Dandong as there is of their getting to another planet. Continue reading “Looking at Dandong from Sinuiju”

Getting out of the DPRK by Train

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Beijing Train Backs into Pyongyang Station

If you are an American you will leave North Korea by air. Americans, naturally, cannot be trusted to behave for five hours without a guide. All other nationals have the option to leave North Korea by train, as we did. Those leaving by train now have the option to do a stopover at Sinuiju right on the border with China. Continue reading “Getting out of the DPRK by Train”