North Korea’s Mangyongdae Children’s Palace
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North Korea’s Mangyongdae Children’s Palace

The exterior of North Korea’s Mangyongdae Children’s Palace: The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace is an unusual academy in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where the most gifted children in the country are sent in order to develop their talents.  The intent is to showcase the children and their capabilities as evidence of the superiority of … Continue reading

The Arch of Triumph: North Korean Oneupsmanship At Its Finest
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The Arch of Triumph: North Korean Oneupsmanship At Its Finest

North Korean government officials are, at least outwardly, very proud of their country’s accomplishments and seem to take a particular delight in one-upping the decadent, capitalist pigs in the outside world in any way possible. North Korea just can’t seem to let go of any opportunity to demonstrate that they are stronger, smarter, bigger, better … Continue reading

Photos Of The Day: Portrait Time At The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (Kim Family Mausoleum)
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Photos Of The Day: Portrait Time At The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (Kim Family Mausoleum)

This extraordinary palace is home to the embalmed bodies of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, which are on full display nestled inside glass sarcophagi: Now, photography or recording of any kind is strictly forbidden inside and if there is one place in North Korea where you don’t want to fuck around, this is it. So, … Continue reading

North Korea’s Grand People’s Study House
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North Korea’s Grand People’s Study House

Opened to coincide with Kim-Il-sung’s 70th birthday in 1982, the Grand People’s Study House was constructed as a sanctuary of learning and and as a force to intellectualize the nation. Our minder explained that, specifically, this meant using the center to further one’s socialist training and to develop an even greater respect and love for … Continue reading