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Chernobyl – Young Pioneer Tours’ Eurasian Adventure

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Group picture at reactor #4, scene of the Chernobyl explosion and meltdown.

Today we toured nuclear reactors and the abandoned ghost town of Pripyat on Young Pioneer Tours’ Eurasian Adventure.

I’m quite behind on my blogging of the trip. Having assumed a team leader position on our Phillipines disaster relief effort, and co-leading this tour leaves me little spare time. After the Trans Siberian Express we spent one night in Moscow before spliting our group, myself leading 3 guys on an increadable visit to Belarus and rejoining the main group in Kiev.

Chernobyl was an amazing experience. We had a lot of luck with getting a local guide who was willing to streatch the rules and lead us into places not approved for general visits, such as one of the cooling towers and a countryside kindergarden.

I’m in a rush, have to take the group out tonight; will let the pics from today tell the story:

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Pripyat middle school.

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Abandoned cooling tower construction.

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Abandoned cooling tower construction.

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Abandoned cooling tower construction.

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Reactor #4, scene of the Chernobyl explosion and meltdown.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

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Ghost town of Pripyat.

Photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Where In The World?

Where in the world is this? DPRK of course, but I find it striking that the below pics from the Rason seaside park could be of healthy and happy children at play in any random park in the first world – more visual testimony of how quickly North Korea is modernizing for the better.

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Photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Pyongyang Traffic Girls – Free Photo Book

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I made a PDF photo book about the Pyongyang traffic girls.

Right click and save to download for free – looks great when viewed on an iPad!


Feedback Time!

What has this blog taught you about North Korea?

Insights?  Shattered misconceptions?  Please leave a comment – thanks!

Pyongyang Children

Children at the Pyongyang Zoo – photo by Joseph A Ferris III

 

 


The Non Propaganda Kindergarten Environment

From past posts readers might be under the impression that North Korean kindergartens are overwhelmingly filled with political and military statues and art.  But there is a sweeter, more innocent side to DPRK kindergartens, aspects of which I would like to highlight in this photo post:

Chongjin Kindergarten North Korea

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Photos from Chongjin and Rason Kindergartens .


Hello Kitty In Rason, North Korea

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Young girl with a Hello Kitty sweatshirt in Rason, North Korea – photo by Joseph A Ferris III

Not the first time I have spotted Hello Kitty in North Korea.

 


Chongjin Kindergarten Performance

With all the colors and adorable costumes, the Chongjin City kindergarten performance is my favorite student’s show in North Korea.  Below are photos from my April 2013 Chongjin kindergarten visit:

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Kindergarten Performance Chongjin, North Korea

Photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Military Fashion

If Looks Could Kill

Female soldier wearing high heels – photo by Joseph A Ferris III


Rason Special Economic Zone Textile Factory

Closed during the height of the spring 2013 tensions, the Kaesong Industrial Complex will probably never be a tourist attraction, even if reopened.  But if light industry is your thing, it is still possible to gain access and check out the behind the scenes action at various factories in the Rason Special Economic Zone.

Despite sanctions, one of the busiest factories I visited in Rason was the textile and garment plant.  During our visit my group was led to the 2nd floor production halls where we watched Chinese supervisors make rounds to oversee the quality of work of the local North Korean staff.

There were no children working at the plant, the work space was clean and well ventilated, and in the parking lot we witnessed the distribution of the worker’s monthly rations.  But for those who must have controversy and scandal when it comes to North Korean issues, I can report that the tags on the jackets being produced there claimed “Made in China”.

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Rason Garment Factory North Korea

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Rason Garment Factory North Korea

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Rason Garment Factory North Korea

Rason Garment Factory North Korea

Rason Garment Factory North Korea

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Rason Garment Factory North Korea

Photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Little North Korean Soldiers

North Koreans love to dress their children in mock military uniforms – below are pictures of boys in uniform proudly posing for my camera at the Pyongyang Rungna Dolphinarium fun fair.

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Back from the Extreme Northeast of North Korea

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Girls on roller skates in Chongjin City, North Korea. Get a sneak peak of my most recent trip via my latest uploads to Instagram.

I’m safely back in China after an amazing week in the rarely visited Northeast region of the DPRK. Of all my trips to North Korea this has been my favorite. Our locally based guides of the Chilbo San Tourism Company were full of enthusiasm and provided us access to sites and experiences which are inaccessible if coming up to the region with the Pyongyang based KITC company.

We were the first western tour group to cross the Tumen/Namyang border on a route to Chongjin only traveled by NGOs and Chinese tourists in the past. Our ride to Chongjin took us on secondary mountain roads never traveled by any westerners before when we found our route blocked by an overturned truck and were forced to make a 7 hour detour – this was not a typical DPRK tour.

During the course of the trip we hiked a mountain peak in a snowstorm, taught kids American football in a small random village (we were forced to stop due to a washed out road), played with locals in volleyball matches, visited a middle school never visited by any tourist before and taught English in the foreign language class, and had a ride on a fishing boat in the Eastern Sea of Korea – I even won a North Korean traditional wrestling tournament at the Mt. Chilbo Home Stay.

I’m going to be resting up for a few days in Yanji and Beijing before I turn around and head back into DPRK to lead a tour to the Rason Special Economic Zone.


Rollerblading Their Way to War

While the American media beats the war drums, and our citizens panic under a perceived nuclear missile threat, the citizens of Pyongyang, North Korea go on with their lives.

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Girls rollerblading on the banks of the Taedong River.

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Boys rollerblading near the Arch of Triumph.

Photos from my March 30th – April 6th 2013 trip to North Korea.


New Instagram Pics

Pyongyang Traffic Girl

Pyongyang traffic girl via Instagram.

For a quick look at my latest pics check out my Instagram feed.

Update: I’m here with CNN going on video in a few minutes.


American in North Korea on Instagram

I started playing with my photos on Instagram – you can follow me @josephferrisiii

Below are some of my favorite pics:

Spy Ship Pueblo North Korea Via Instagram

US spy ship Pueblo guide.

Pyongyang, North Korea Via Instagram

View of Pyongyang and Juche Tower.

Rural North Korea Via Instagram

Walking home in rural North Korea.

Pyongyang, North Korea Via Instagram

Kim Il-sung Square Pyongyang.

North Korean Mass Dancing Via Instagram

Mass dance held in Pyongyang.

Pyongyang Metro Via Instagram

Pyongyang subway signal girl.

Wonson Smile North Korea Via Instagram

Smile and peace sign in Wonsan, North Korea.


Mangyongdae Children’s Palace

The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace; a place for children of the privileged elite to spend time after school practicing sports, art, folk dance and music – and of course, show it all off with military like precision and forced smiles to groups of visiting foreign friends and tourists.

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Young Pioneers sing a martial song during a special Kim Il-sung’s 100th birthday celebratory performance at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace. More pictures from this set linked below.

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