Dongbong Co-Operative Farm

A few days ago I shared some pictures of The Cutest North Korean Soldier  taken during our visit to the Dongbong Co-Operative Farm outside Hamhung, North Korea.  Below are more photos from that visit showing how farmers and their families live and work under the Juche-communist style of cooperative farming:

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm

Tongbong Cooperative Farm Sign

Info on the North Korean co-operative farm system is hard to find online, web searches on the subject bring up this blog as a top hit, but I do remember learning from books I read for my pre-trip background studies that those who live and work on co-operative farms have a fantastic standard of living (by North Korean standards), with the farms being profitable enough that the workers and families living within the cooperative system typically have more material goods and higher savings compared to average workers from Pyongyang.

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3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on msamba.

    September 21, 2012 at 4:02 am

  2. Eirik

    First, thank you for this blog! I recently developed an interest in DPRK, and you have some of the by far best pictures I’ve seen. I’m kinda curious about your pictures though. While from what I’ve heard their photo restrictions are getting slacker, you have so many I’d have thought were “illegal”, of working people and such, in this blog post and in the Taedong River Cruise post. How did you pull that off?

    I’m also going to assume you’ve used a lens above 150mm, and a pretty good one as well from the picture quality, aren’t they strict about that any more? I see people advising to get cheaper and smaller lenses to look as unprofessional as possible, but i don’t think you do that? Is that no problem any longer? I really want to visit the country when I can afford it, and when that happens I obviously want to take as good pictures as possible.

    Again, thanks for putting all this up on the internet, I’ll be sure to recommend your blog!

    September 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    • Hi Eirik, writing from my iPad on my way to Iran, yes I go in with 4 lens, my largest being 300 mm, biggest restriction is having a camera with gps, they will hold it if they find on arrival, everything else equipment wise is not a big deal. Pictures like mine are hard to pull off, I do private small trips and work hard to create a lot of trust with the guides, that is essential.

      If you are planning a trip later on, please get back in touch, I certainly can help you out as much as possible.

      September 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

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