The Cutest North Korean Soldier and Our Visit to the Dongbong Co-Operative Farm

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

The Cutest North Korean Soldier

On our visit to the Dongbong Co-Operative Farm cooperative farm outside Hamhung, we were allowed time to interact with a group of young children during their preschool recess activities.  Waddling around, tugging at our beards, and pawing at our cameras to look at our digital pictures, our experience with these kids was a highlight of the trip.   After about 15 minutes the children were called back to the schoolyard for some marching and saluting practice lead by their teachers and minders.

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Some people in my group felt this entire interaction and schoolyard display was some sort of playacting show put on by citizen actors for us foreigners, but I tend to not be so pessimistic and believe we were fortunate enough to witness some authentic rural scenes of life not commonly glimpsed by foreigners.

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

All photos by Joseph A Ferris III
– more photos from this series linked below.

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Young Soldier Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

Dongbong Co-Operative Farm, Hamhung, North Korea

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5 responses

  1. Fascinating shots here. I am surprised they let you this type of access on a tour. Love the shots of the kid in uniform.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  2. Or probably the cutest soldier ever!!!
    On a different note and different scenario, “No to Child Soldiers” please.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  3. excellent…your blog is really interesting, as it gives us a glimpse of a land and culture we would never see otherwise…fascinating…..keep up the good work…

    September 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

  4. Juls Anne

    They are all adorable. in their young age they are already aware of their environment.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:21 am

  5. Pingback: Dongbong Co-Operative Farm « American in North Korea

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