An accordion class at the Kaesong Childrens’ Palace. Extracurricular activity jail, restricted to the children of the elite and party faithful, whose parents are otherwise engaged in party activities. In Kaesong.

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A Young Pioneer in singing class at the Kaesong Students and Childrens’ Palace. Visits are staged, but organized to make you think you are watching the children spontaneously rehearse. In Kaesong.

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Inside the Peace Museum at DMZ, where the Armistice Agreement was signed, Non General explains how the American Imperialists, so ashamed by their humiliating loss at the hands of the dear leader, rushed from the room, forgetting their flag, and why the UN’s flag is a shamble, but NoKo’s is perfect.

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Non General, and two of his friends, posing for a photo of themselves standing in South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of the DM

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Downtown Kaesong. I was not allowed to take photos walking around Kaesong. I was only allowed to take this photo of Kaesong from atop the hill where a giant Kim Il-sung statue stands overlooking the town.

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I snuck this photo of “normal” Kaesong from inside the gate of my hotel. A policeman directs “traffic.” Locals are supposed to walk their bicycles across intersections; this woman was a rebel.

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Performances at Childrens Palaces all end with the NoKo Bellamy Nazi salute, illustrated in this painting on the wall at the Kaesong Students and Children’s Palace. In Kaesong.

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Strangely incongruent propaganda that greets you when you arrive at the DMZ on the North Korea sid

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I snuck this photo of “normal” Kaesong from inside the gate of my hotel. Another example of propaganda found everywhere in North Korea. In Kaesong.

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Motivational (inspirational?) posters adorn the walls of the Kaesong Students and Childrens’ Palace. In Kaesong.

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