Earlier in the morning we had visited the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (note that the link is to my 2014 visit review) in Pyongyang, an amazing museum by any measure, with its focus on the history of what foreigners refer to as the Korean War. On completing our tour of the museum, we jumped on our bus and headed north, on a ‘field trip’, to visit one of the sites mentioned by our guides in the museum. Our destination was the Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site which was the headquarters of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) for much of the duration of the Korean War.Continue reading “The Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site”
In 2018 our route to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) on the border with South Korea took us via Nampo, North Korea’s west coast industrial city and home to the West Sea Barrage. En route to Nampo we stopped at the Taean ‘Friendship’ Glass Factory. No, we were not stopping there to see a glass blowing display or view their offering of cut glass or crystal in a gift shop. They don’t have a gift shop and we where there to see them making large sheets of plate glass for use in glazing windows. Who doesn’t enjoy a good old factory visit while on holidays? Continue reading “Taean ‘Friendship’ Glass Factory”
We were given a choice of two hotels for out overnight stop in the Mt Myohyang area. The first was the luxury Hyangsan Hotel, tucked away at the base of Mt Myohyang. A couple of our group, wisely, chose to stay here so we did get a look around – see below. Continue reading “Sleeping, Eating and Coffee from Heaven”
When most people think of the Korean Demilitarised Zone the image that most often comes to mind is one of Joint Security Area (JSA), and in particular the three blue and two white buildings therein which straddle the border between North and South Korea (pictured above). The JSA is the only place where visitors from both North and South Korea visit – albeit (with one exception – see below) their respective part of the JSA. Continue reading “The Joint Security Area & Meeting Rooms”
With the signing of an Armistice Agreement in 1953 Korean War hostilities came to an end and former combatants commenced negotiations to bring about a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War, a war which gained practically nothing for either side but cost the lives of almost 3 million people.
At the time of my visit in April 2014 these peace negotiations were in their 61st year and peace between the two belligerents seemed no closer than it did when the military truce was called in 1953.
Continue reading “The Axe Murder Incident”
Prior to entering the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) proper, our bus pulled up in a well guarded and secured compound such that requisite pre-entry procedures could be attended to. Continue reading “DMZ Visitors Centre and Toilets”
This is the fourth of a series of five reviews on the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum Complex. If you have not already done so, please read my Introductory Complex review before continuing.
Prior to the addition of the Museum, the military hardware displays and the USS Pueblo in 2012 this site was dedicated to the Monument to Victorious Fatherland Liberation War which encompasses all the monuments you see, including the grand entrance to the whole complex. Continue reading “Monument to Victorious Fatherland Liberation War”
This is the first is a series of five reviews and provides some general information on the Museum complex and a brief summary of the outcome of the Fatherland Liberation War (the Korean War), from the North’s perspective, obviously. Continue reading “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum Complex – Introduction”