Not at all depressive North Korea
When Singaporean photographer Aram Peng was going on a trip to North Korea, he expected to see extremely dull, depressive cityscapes with very sad people who were regularly seen in BBC documentaries.
“I always wanted to see North Korea with my own eyes,” Peng admits. - So far we have more pictures available from space than from this country. In 2012, I began to send emails asking me to visit North Korea. All these letters are open and everyone can read them online. In the end, I was answered and sent an invitation. So I ended up in this country. Getting here was a lot easier than I thought. ”
What I saw with my own eyes was not at all like what the imagination of the photographer was painting.
Inside the communist enclave in 2013, Peng found lively markets, men and women, relaxing in water parks (which, by the way, look quite Western) and many, many kilometers of fields with ripening crops.
Peng says that he was accompanied along the whole route, but he was not restricted in his movements, so he is sure that he saw the country more or less as it is. “If what I saw turned out to be falsification and embellished decoration, it would mean an excellent organization of local life, much higher than in developed countries known to me.”
This is what the Munsu water park in Pyongyang looks like: colorful water slides, swimming pools and artificial waterfalls. The complex was opened in 2013 and, apparently, is very popular among the local population.
Korean men in suits are basking in the sun and savoring ice cream. Not very similar to the hungry, what the North Koreans describes the Western press
Girls in swimsuits run along the beach, in the background a group of people with bicycles. In June 2013, the leadership of North Korea decided to transform the industrial port of Wonsan into a “world-class” resort city.
Aram Peng on the background of the famous bronze monument.