"Kaesong, my first step to North Korea" Kaesong by o00o

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My first visit to North Korea, Kaesong City

Unforgettable visit to North Korea, where the media said the country is poor, the people are rude and the government is extremly strict where the traveler has very limit of paces to go.
Indeed, the area where the travelers can go is decided, no single step beyond if there is a sign stand. Many plain clothes police walks nearby you, and you are not allow to talk to the locals.

Kaesong means open city.

The city mainly opens for investor for industry. More than 80% of investors are from South Korea.
The industry involves Automobile, process can food, electrical and semiconductor spare parts.

Kaesong was developed as old capital before. After the North-South Korean war, the capital moved to Pyongyang.
Now you can see Kaesong is consider as second large city in North Korea. Now the population there is around 0.35 million people.

Cowboy City

Even tough Kaesong is the second largest City in North Korea, the roads are wide and hugh but empty with people and vehicles.
Once in awhile the buses come but no passengers.
During my stay there, the city was mostly blackout during day time. Restaurant, shops, hotels and public building were dark, quiet and humid.
It was silence just like Cowboy city.
Surprisingly the city was extremely clean, just like Disneyland with no one in but there were flies everywhere.

  • Last visit to Kaesong: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    on a revisit, find it eerie and wonder how these scenes and icbm are able to coexist ;-|||

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    on a revisit, find it eerie and wonder how these scenes and icbm are able to coexist ;-|||

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    A surreal write up, has the feeling of a disbanded film set, but it is real ;-//\

  • o00o's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    Please have a look on my North Korea travelling update.

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