by Guy Delisle
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My guide suggests we visit the highest point in the city to admire the view before going to the hotel. An elegant way of taking me on a stop that’s obligatory for newcomers without being obvious....
Despite his death (1912-1994) [Kim Il-Sung] is still president. (1.27)
Contrasting Regions: North Korea vs. the World Quotes
You’ve got to be ready for anything when you travel. (1.39)
My hotel is on a small island, not far from downtown. (1.35)
Language and Communication Quotes
[lots of music notes and Korean characters] “Kim Il-Sung” [more music notes and Korean characters] (2.64)
The [Scientific and Educational Film] studio might have been intended to educate the masses, but these days it’s used to attract foreign currency, most of it French. (1.42)
Never make jokes about the Great Leader or the Dear Leader. Show respect. (1.32)
During the Korean War [1950-1953], bombs rained on the city for 3 years, flattening it. Afterward, the party obliterated anything resembling an opposition. And sealed off the country to all sides....