Wandering Camera

North Korea (DPRK) - Province and villages. Part II.
(Translated b
y Natalia)


The subject of this album is a Vonsan - a coastal city (about 200 km far from Pyongyang to the east) and nearby village.


Although it's a city, with Pyongyang it, certainly, does not go to any comparison. Pyongyang in Northern Korea is the only one - a capital. All is more modest here.

If I haven't yet said, then I'll admit now: the passports of Pyongyang inhabitants are different from passports of province inhabitants. Externally it is the same small laminated card, but in other color. Accordingly, for the inhabitant of province it's impossible to enter the capital without a pass. On the contrary it is possible more often, though there are still any restrictions.

So, on the roads periodically there are posts (usually it's just a soldier with a flag). The primary goal of them is checking the documents. They quite often wink at the cars with Pyongyang license plates.

The similar way of regulation of migration was applied in USSR in 1930-ies. With the one difference - our village inhabitants had no passports at all.

There's a pioneer camp near the Vonsan. Pioneer camp Sondovon - is a kind of Russian "Artek" (as it was at soviet times). As encouragement for any successes, small groups of children from Korea and other countries have a rest here.

The camp has a quite modern look. There's a big park, swimming pool and so on. All takes about 10 hectares.

Inside there're many evident propagation and propaganda, in comparison with other places

However, let's go back to Vonsan city.
This is the view from hotel window. The sun is setting…


Five floors down some men play cards… :-)
One of the moments which was remembered at the hotel - they put the door-mats with names of current day of week in lifts. Although in Pyongyang there's a higher level hotel, I haven't seen anything like that there. They could've put door-mats with current time if only they've wanted… :-)
Evident propaganda
By the writing 106% it is possible to assume, that it is a question about exceeding the plan :)
And here we went out without support and have decided to take a walk . At first we've walked along the embankment.
Here we went lefter a little bit.
Alexey tries to buy some local bubblegums and other stuff…

From four standing near to each other cooperative kiosks the only one seller didn't want to talk to us. In her own will. She just pointedly turned away with very dissatisfied physiognomy. But we've had no problems with others, including the currency payments.

Here begins the ordinary village.
Basically, comparing to Russia, nothing really terrible.
But Europeans really have got nothing to do here :)

The population is friendly (the worst thing we've seen - the man just passed us by, pretending that does not notice us). Nobody importunes, nobody asks for money.
Just the kids at the embankment near the hotel tried to talk to us (they knew the only word - "OK" : )
They were completely satisfied with a candy.

As I noticed before, houses are fenced by continuous fences, for neighbors and passers-by couldn't see what's going on inside. Actually, there's nothing special inside.

Alexey here continued to hunt for bubblegums. The local population did not object (here and there on the ground the pieces of a fabric with the fine goods laid.

Nobody protested to take dollars. But sometimes sellers ran away to ask neighbors. Also nobody haggled with us - we just changed bubblegums to 1 dollar banknotes in more or less reasonable parity :)

Somewhere there're more decent houses. Also the lots somewhere organized as in Russia - without continuous fences. But it's not characteristic.

The nature and landscapes - right here - looks like Leningrad region :).
Couple of ravines, pines, sand. The road is ordinary too.
Only, if to look narrowly, unknown plants come across, and those that are known, look slightly not so.

Here our small walk finished. We have returned to hotel, fairly having informed girls about our vile act :) It has not made a special impression on them.
I think, at the moment in the places, where it's needed :, the general representation about us was already made. They realized that we're not seeking the pictures with rubbish heaps and ruins. So, they just winked at this.

The coast, the beach and us.

This is the Japan sea. But Koreans (including southern) call it "Eastern Sea of Korea". About their relations with Japan I already wrote earlier.

It's still too cold to swim. But we've walked barefoot at the water.

Need to say that any visible restrictions on an output to coast are not observed (I read in one article before the trip, that a barbed wire is everywhere :)

The other thing, that there're almost no boats at the horizon. Maybe, it's not allowed to swim out by boats and fisherman-ships?




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