Part 2 of exploring Chinese towns at the border with the DPRK during the 2021 COVID-19 pandemic. We follow Minhye as she takes a trip to Tumen City (图们市). Tumen city is a small town that is part of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, located in Jilin Province in northeast China. It has an ethnic Korean population of approximately 80,000.
Since January 2020, the DPRK has shut its borders due to the COVID-19 virus. China has also implemented strict border controls to maintain their zero-COVID strategy. It has been almost two years since tourism halted between these two friendly neighbours. With no more tours to the DPRK being offered, what is life and tourism like in the Chinese border towns during such times? Our resident contributor made recent trips to visit border towns along the Yalu River and Tumen River. Join Minhye on her journey as she explores the Changbai Korean Autonomous County
Pyongyang, July 27 (KCNA) — The Korean Central News Agency released the following report on July 27, 202
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The North Korean Military is known as the KPA (Korean People’s Army 조선인민군) and was founded 73 years ago today on 8th February, 1948. It originated from the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army, which was was established on 25 April 1932 by Kim Il Sung.
Clever Raccoon Dog is the most popular children’s cartoon in North Korea and you can find character statues in parks and playgrounds across the country.
I have seen several of North Korea’s market grounds, known as “Jangmadang”. Foreigners rarely ever get to see them and those who are allowed to visit are forbidden from bringing any cameras or mobile phones. 내가 “장마당”이라 불리는 북조선의 시장터를 가본 곳이 대여섯 군데나 된다. 외국인들에게는 거의 공개가 되지 않을 뿐 아니라, 혹여 방문하게 되더라도 카메라나 휴대폰을 지참할 수가 없다. 여기의 장마당을 담은 사진들은 먼 거리에서 촬영한 것들이다.
I recently posted some North Korean photos on Facebook which I received through unofficial channels. Meaning these photos are not part of the official state media like the KCNA. I’m excited to be seeing stuff that isn’t already published on the internet. Especially since foreigners cannot currently visit due to COVID-19. 저는 최근 비공식경로를 통해서 받은 북조선의 사진을 페이스북에 올렸습니다. 말하자면 KCNA와 같은 국가공식매체로부터 받은 사진이 아니었습니다. 아직까지 인터넷을 통해 공개되지 않은 사진을 본다는 것은 매우 흥분되는 일이었습니다. 특별히 지금처럼 코로나바이러스로 인해 외국인들이 북조선을 방문할 수 없는 경우에는 더욱 그렇습니다.