Posts tagged “Wŏnsan

Working for a Bountiful Harvest in the North Korean Countryside

Rare photos of farmers in the North Korean countryside (between Hamhung and Wonsan) preparing fields and working for the upcoming planting season.

Pyongyang - Wonsan Countyside North Korea

Pyongyang - Wonsan Countyside North Korea

Pyongyang - Wonsan Countyside North Korea

Wonsan - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

Wonsan - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

Wonsan - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

Wonsan - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

Wonsan - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

Pyongyang - Wonsan Countyside North Korea

Pyongyang - Wonsan Countyside North Korea

Pyongyang - Wonsan Countyside North Korea

Wonsan - Pyongyang Countryside

Wonsan - Pyongyang Countryside

Please note that tourists are not generally permitted to take photos such as these due to the government’s fear that they could be used to portray the country in a negative manner. Our guides gracilcly permitted me to take photos of the “beautiful countryside”, which I post here with total respect and in appreciation for the DPRK rural way of life.

All photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Peace Sign Photobomb!

Peace - Wonsan Town Square North Korea

Peace sign photobomb at the Wonsan main square, North Korea – photo by Joseph A Ferris III


A Load of Firewood in the North Korean Countryside

Wonson - Pyongyang Countryside

A rare photo from the North Korean countryside – on the road between Wonsan and Pyongyang, a troop of soldiers return to base with a truck load of firewood.   I love some of the small details I captured here: the girl in the back holding a branch with flower blossoms, a smile on the man in front, and girls curiously checking out the tourist bus as it passes.


Back to Work at Sea

I try to post something new and original on a daily basis here at the American in North Korea blog, but my four month vacation is over and I will be intensely busy with my normal job until I get set into my new routine – working as a Chief Mate on an ocean going ship.

North Korean Fisheries

To celebrate getting back to work (it’s my birthday today too – 36 years if you must know) I have posted the above photo, a Korean peninsular map – with Pyongyang indicated by a star, that shows the various ocean species and fisheries found in the Korean region.  I found this map in a small museum at the Wonsan Songdowon Children’s Camp – many more pics from there to come.


Local Fisherman in Wonsan, North Korea

In the tidal shallows outside the tourist hotel in the North Korean east coast city of Wonsan, local fisherman search out the ocean’s bounty – photos by Joseph A Ferris III

Wonson Fisherman DPRK, North Korea

Wonson Fisherman DPRK, North Korea

Wonson Fisherman DPRK, North Korea

Wonson Fisherman DPRK, North Korea

Wonson Fisherman DPRK, North Korea


Countryside Propaganda Billboards and Murals

A collection of images showing propaganda billboards and murals from the Wonsan and Hamhung countryside areas.

Wonson - Hamhung Countryside

Propaganda from the Wonson/Hamhung region, North Korea

Propaganda from the Wonson/Hamhung region, North Korea

Hamhung-Wonson Road

Wonson - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

Wonson - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

All photos taken April 2012 by Joseph A Ferris III


Portrait of a Girl

Girl in Wonson City Square, North Korea

Portrait of a girl in Wonsan City, North Korea .  She was quite a little ham, always finding a position front and foremost in the crowds so she could be the center focus of my photos. You can find more of her in these previous posts here, here, and here.


Wonsan Docks Post #2

More pics below from our walk at the Wonsan Docks, DPRK, North Korea – original post here.

Wonson Docks, North Korea

Wonson Docks North Korea

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Wonson Docks North Korea

Frisbee at the Wonson Town Square North Korea

Frisbee at the Wonson Docks North Korea

Wonson Docks North Korea

Wonson City Square, North Korea

Wonson City Square, North Korea

All pics by Joseph A Ferris III


Wonsan Docks

Wonson Docks, North Korea

Wonsan Docks, North Korea – photo by Joseph A Ferris III

In Wonsan, the North Korean East Coast port city, we were allowed about an hour to walk and enjoy the local scene at the city docks and main square.  My friends quickly started a frenzy with the Frisbee on the docks while I took pictures all along the waterfront and in the main square.  We captivated the locals and created quite a stir with children chasing us on roller blades and soldiers asking for pictures, but apparently the fun was too much for some people and government big wigs, who were not amused by the scene, quickly dispersed the crowds and sent us on our way (back on the bus).

More pics below from the Wonsan Docks and Main Square.

Wonson Docks, North Korea

Frisbee at the Wonson Docks North Korea

Frisbee at the Wonson Docks North Korea

Wonson Town Square North Korea