A typical day as a tourist in North Korea ?? | North Korea #2

A typical day as a tourist in North Korea ?? | North Korea #2

(Music building) ^ – [Woman] Kim Jong-Un – [Male Narrator] Diplomatic breakthrough. – [Female Announcer] North
Korea’s missile capability. – [News Announcer] Kim Jong-Il has died. – [Donald Trump] Little rocket man. – [Female Newsperson] A historic meeting. – [Wolf Blitzer] Nuclear arsenal. – [Newsperson] Demilitarizated zone. – [Man] Armed and dangerous. – [Man] North Korea. – [Woman] Kim Jung-un. – [Echoing Voice] North Korea. – Good morning from the DPRK, it’s about 6:45 a.m. We just had a wake-up call to
the room about 15 minutes ago, the phone just started ringing, didn’t know we were gonna get one of them, but I guess that was nice and convenient. Because we are leaving at 7:30 today. We have to meet the group
at seven for breakfast. Slept very well. The beds are very, very comfortable outside the window very,
very foggy this morning. and there’s a lot of this industrial noise coming from the boats
that are on the river, I’m not sure what they’re doing but it’s making a huge
amount of racket out there. that would wreck your head! (machinery hammering) (tonal ringing) We went down to the ground floor where everybody congregated in the big dining room to tuck into the Asian breakfast buffet (crowd chattering) – A few eggs, apple segments
and slices of toast later, we assembled in the
lobby and hit the road. We were driving two and a
half hours north to Hyangsan, where the International
Friendship Exhibition Hall is located. To put it simply, it is a collection of buildings filled with all the gifts
the Kims have received from other countries around the world. Our guide, Ms. Hong,
spoke to us on the mic for pretty much the entire journey. – According to Ms. Hong when referring to using the
bathroom in North Korea, a lot of them refer to
a number one as singing, and a number two as dancing. So we stopped for some
singing and dancing. Souvenirs on sale over there, fruit, ehh amongst other things. – Vodka, beer (laughing) (crowd chattering) – [Lee] Not bothered with the hassle
of trying to haggle and negotiate with Yuan and Euro and Dollars. Good luck. (bus engine starts) ♫ slow chilled electronic music ♫ After a while one of the
members of our tour group started asking some very
controversial questions about the legal system in North Korea and kept grilling Ms.Hong for answers. It got a little awkward for the rest of us and fearing he was overdoing it a little and we might be murdered, we kissed our loved ones good-bye and prepared for the worst. But thankfully nothing happened, our guides were actually very chill. ♫ Slow chilled electronic music ♫ – We arrived at the International
Friendship Exhibition Hall which was built in and
presented in a traditional style. Unfortunately when we
got inside our cameras, phones etc were taken off us, as we went through kind
of airport-style security. As a compromise, here’s
some footage I found online. The exact size is unknown
by outside sources and looking at satellite imagery, you can’t see much either as most of it is built into the side of a mountain. All I can say is that it
was absolutely colossal. There were massive marble
corridors that seemed to go on forever with room after room full of stuff from over 180 countries. So there’s a good chance something from your country is in here. We all got a little
chilly as the whole place was as cool as a fridge to
preserve everything inside. We passed by thousands of gifts, including a crocodile-skin
suitcase from Fidel Castro, two armored trains, one from Mao Zedong, the other from Joseph Stalin, a gold cigarette case from Yugoslavia, a bronze Soviet tank
miniature from East Germany and a stuffed caiman holding
a tray of wooden cups, presented to the great
leader by the Sandinistas, a Nicaraguan socialist political party. But there’s nothing from the US, right? Wrong. There were a number of things from the US, including a basketball
signed by Michael Jordan, sent by Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State. My brother and I were shocked to find that there were three or four cabinets full of gifts from Ireland. A lot of these gifts
were Waterford Crystal, which is one of Ireland’s
most famous crafts and most of these Irish gifts were sent to North Korea by the
Communist Party of Ireland. record scratch) Wait, what? The Communist Party of Ireland? Is that a thing? (keyboard typing) (Mouse click) Huh, what a bunch of losers. After parading around while passing groups of North Korean citizens that were probably being fed an even more fabricated
version of how great other countries think North Korea is, we went into a room to pay our respects to a wax figure of Kim Jong-il, which was in a large room
dedicated to just him. Now I found a poor
quality picture of this, but really I can’t fathom how terrifyingly real this wax figure looked in person. It was genuinely as if we
standing right in front of him. (River flowing) So we’ve just come out
of the first building and, my god, apparently there’s 140 rooms with gifts from all over the world, there’s a hundred and
eighty something countries that have provided a gift, including Ireland, which I was surprised. There’s Waterford Crystal in there which I didn’t expect to see. You all right there? (laughing) these are my Portugues friends and my Singaporean friend, look everybody wants to be on film now. See, I was hanging back to
do a little bit of vlogging. But anyway, she also said that if were to stand in front of each item in there for one minute that would take over a
year to see everything. That puts it in the perspective. – [Rob] I’m putting my footprint. – No, don’t do that, Rob. – [Ms. Kim] Don’t do that. (Door beeping) We went into the other building where our stuff was taken off us and we saw more gifts. And this time we paid our
respects to a wax figures of Kim Il-sung and his second wife and
war hero Kim Jong-suk. She actually died in 1949, google if you want to know more. Again terrifyingly real in person. You’ve broken something! you’re a goner! you’re a goner! (woman laughing) We got our stuff back and
went up to the balcony to relax with the option to buy
tea, coffee and other drinks. Looking around you can’t deny this place is absolutely stunning. ♫ Peaceful Music ♫ We were guided into the
nearby souvenir shop where I gave in and bought
a cheap fridge magnet for something like 20 cent, before Robbie and I snuck
back out onto the balcony to scavange a few scraps, left
by the others before we left. – We got back onto the
bus for a very short drive to Pohyonsa Temple, which was originally founded in 1024 under the Koryo dynasty. It’s almost a thousand years old and has been rebuilt three times since its initial construction and has a long history
of enduring warfare, even serving as a stronghold
against the Japanese 400 years ago, and being bombed during the Korean War. North Korea has actually
separated itself from religion and is an atheist state, but they have allowed a small
amount of religious activities and those that practice require
approval from the state. A number of the country’s
national treasures are housed here including
the Sokka Pagoda, which is 10 meters tall and has 104 bronze bells hanging from it. We met one of the monks who
told us more about the temple. He seemed like a very nice man. ♫ Peaceful music ♫ Unbelievably hot here at this temple or just in the DPRK in general. Struggling a little bit. have no sun cream, definitely not a good idea. And I don’t think it’s too
cheap to buy it here either. (laughing) And our tour leader,
Kim, she has an umbrella. I thought that only the Chinese did that but I’m mistaken (laughing) – Everywhere we go, souvenir shop. (plastic packages crinkling) What are you gonna buy? – Korean passport. They have it here. – Yeah, you can travel a lot on that I think – here – [Lee] Nice man where are you gonna go first? – To Korea. (laughing) – It was time for lunch
which was at the nearby six-star Hyangsan hotel, which is apparently
North Korea’s best hotel and was built with a
stalinist architecture in mind and is 15 stories tall. Inside was pretty empty. Perhaps no one could afford a night here. Quite a filling lunch that we just had. It started off with cucumber, then bread, then a soup, then rice and duck, and some sort of a fungus, and then chicken. Probably missing something. And beer as well, I wasn’t expecting beer to be free. But it is, happy days. Back to Pyongyang we go. ♫ chill electronic music ♫ Half of the bus needed to go wee wee or as we say, sing a song. So we pulled in on the side of
the road and we did a pee on the side of the highway in North Korea. (chuckling)
– Jesus (laughing) – Our next stop was the library, which was a magnificent building. Upon entry there was a
massive statue of Kim Il-sung, but we were told no photos. (guide speaking Korean) (guide speaking Korean) – Inside the Pyongyang library right now. Massive, massive building, again. Waiting for the elevator
to go up to the sixth floor. We had a look at a study hall and just in case those studying
there needed some motivation all of the desks were
conveniently pointing directly towards the big warm
smiles of the great leaders. If that’s not encouraging enough, I don’t know what is. We took the elevator onto
one of the many balconies that overlooked Kim Il-sung Square and the surrounding areas. Up on top of the library right now, spectacular views of Pyongyang. Massive square over there, massive tower with a flame on top, which Ms.Kim explained to
me the meaning etc. but I’m not gonna lie
it was very confusing. And yeah, can see the eternal
leaders in the distance. In fact you can see
them all over the city. Rob thoughts? – Yeah it’s petty spectacular. And that’s the Square where they
do all the massive parades, so it’s pretty cool to see. Impressive. (lively music) – We went back inside and low and behold, more
souvenirs and books for sale. Kim Jong-il on the art of
music and the art of cinema. Talented guy, huh? Remember I said we weren’t allowed film the statue of Kim Il-sung on the way in, well I got a sly vid on the way out. Not the best but will give you an idea. Next up we were taking a
ride on the Pyongyang metro, which was a short ride away. – We’re about to take a
ride on the Pyongyang metro, the deepest metro in the world, baby. According to our guides
Pyongyang metro was built in five years between 1968 and 1973. There’re just two lines, one from north to south and the other from east to west. It’s 110 meters deep because
of Taedong and Potong rivers. There’re 17 stations in total, all decorated and named
according to the station. It’s the most popular mode of
public transport in the city and it’s open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., but sometimes closes at 9:35 p.m. Just in case some people
are running a little late. – It’s pretty cool, it’s so interesting looking
at all the faces, coming up past us, yano and they’re just staring at us because they’ve obviously never
seen anyone like us before (train humming) – The station was very old looking, but also very beautiful. It reminded me of the Moscow metro. It costs three North Korean won to use, which is worth about five US cent, although online sources say
it’s worth even less than that. We were supposed to get off
at a few different stations, but apparently we were
behind on schedule, so we’re just riding
directly to our destination. (train humming) This is surreal to say the least. (doors banging)
♫ Bizzare patriotic music ♫ We were off, sitting among local North Koreans as they commuted home for the evening. Interestingly enough the
carriages on this metro were originally in service
in Berlin, Germany, and were sold to North Korea
at the end of the 20th century. (loud train background noise) Very loud, very loud. I can’t hear. – What!? What!? – Very loud. – Real or fake I was
surprised to see the guy opposite of me wearing a pair
of Nike runners. You’ll notice the people
getting on at the station are a bit shocked
at the sight of us. A shame really! I wonder
what they must be thinking. This guy is using a smart phone. North Koreans do have them and they’re connected to
eachother on an Intranet monitored by the government but Your everyday people aren’t
connected to the internet. ♫ Loud patriotic music ♫ Please, please. We’ve gone about four or
five stops on the metro now, and there’s just these strange tunes
blasting out of the speakers all over the place. Hey! Station announcer speaking
in Korean) Unfortunately after this nice interaction Robbie witnessed a woman from the station giving out to these kids
for interacting with us. (Station announcer speaking Korean) ♫ Patriotic Music ♫ (Station announcer speaking Korean)
♫ Patriotic Music ♫ Back up to the surface we go. When we exited the metro on the other side we were greeted by the Arch of Triumph, built to commemorate the
Korean resistance to Japan. It’s bigger than the one in Paris and the second largest in the world. The largest is in Mexico. So that was the deepest
metro in the world, we’re out of there now. We got a few little
interactions with people, I nodded at the guy on the metro, he smiled back and shook hands with the young little kids. Nice. Robbie was approached
by a young North Korean keen on practicing his English. He handed Robbie his
notebook and we had a look. I also noticed he was wearing
trendy Adidas trainers. We were back on the bus and
on our way to have dinner, when we realized it
was the birthday of Michael, one of our fellow travelers. ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ (group cheering) ♪ For he’s a jolly good fellow ♪ ♪ For he’s a jolly good fellow ♪ ♪ For he’s a jolly good fellow ♪ (Robbie dramatically holding the ‘ow’)
♪ For he’s a jolly good fellow ♪ (Lee dramatically holding the ‘And’)
♪ And ♪ ♪ so say all of us ♪ (laughing) Happy birthday, big man. (group laughing) I’m a little bit sad that
I’m not at the same table as the birthday boy, because they’ve the cake on their one, we don’t have on ours. (guests chattering) That’s an unusual combo there Rob, I see a slice of water melon. (laughs) – Just to clean the palette, ya know – It’s a lot of food there in fairness and it spins around. So if you see something you like, bring it around to you, baby. I think we’re about to get a
bit of in-dinner entertainment. (crowd chattering) – It looks like we chose
the right table after all. (laughing) (singing in Korean) (lively pop music) (saxophone solo) (fiery drum beats) (woman singing) ♪ Take me to your heart ♪ ♪ Take me to your soul ♪ ♪ Give me your hand before I’m old ♪ (crowd cheering) ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ – Happy birthday to you. (crowd cheering) – [Lee] Mortified? – Huh? – [Lee] Mortified? – Yes. (laughing) After dinner and what
can only be described as a mini-concert, we headed back to the hotel for the night. (glasses chiming) Back in the hotel now. A very, very, very long day but… – Extremely interesting.
– Very interesting. Good day
– Yeah, amazing. – I’m very happy with this tour so far to be perfectly honest with you. to be perfectly honest with you.
– Yeah so am I We have two lovely guides, we have one really nice local guide. And we have 14, no 13
other people on the tour who are really, really cool.
– Yeah. – So everything is going well so far, it’s been a good day one, and we’ll see you tomorrow in the next video for day.. for whatever day is next. Alright, so if you enjoyed the video give it a like, comment down below let
me know your thoughts and subscribe if you haven’t already. Alright, see ya real real soon. Good luck.
– Good luck. (glasses chiming) (patriotic music)

11 thoughts on “A typical day as a tourist in North Korea ?? | North Korea #2

  1. Yay , finally part two ! Very interesting indeed guys, loving all your videos. Looking forward to the next one ☝️?✌?good luck ?

  2. "Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It". Remember, Germany in pre-World War II era, was imposed upon with numerous and heavy war reparations, tariffs and sanctions by Western Colonial Powers for over a quarter century; eventually when that nation sank into mega depression, which made way for World War II, as Germany struck back. Similar scenario ran in Japan, when that nation too was bullied by maritime sanction; essentially blocking the whole island through naval blockage by Anglo empire naval ships for so long until Japan ran out of (imported) oil, and struck back at Pearl Harbor naval base whose naval ships participated in this year-long sanction. And sure enough that same thing, similar scenario repeating in North Korea as the people of that nation has suffered long enough, well over a quarter century of never ending sanction after sanction by thy Western bullies, resulting about a million innocent North Koreans already perished due to starvation. Google 'Most Harmonious Nation' for honest truth. http://blog.chinadaily.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=785423

  3. Listen, how can anyone say north Korea is evil or a terrible place? They've been ruled by a terrible, daddy issue infested family. Kim Jong Un is the issue, not the people. I've watched some videos about refugees escaping and what not. They don't even know what fucking ketchup is….Americans and the western world take way tooo much for granted. Ty for this informational video.

  4. The most terrifying thing is that capitalism made communism look like… good. That says ALOT of how bad and evil fake democracy can be. We are all doomed unless there will be another option.

  5. Its weird. Today N korea temperature is under -2 C degree while you wearing a T shrits. Maybe you had been there at 4 month before right?

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