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Wrong subject of attention
16 September 2005 David Astley

Wrong subject of attention

Pyongyang, North Korea

Here's something in a humorous vein to close the gallery on North Korea.

One of the things that young couples in Pyongyang like to do on their wedding day is to have their photograph taken in front of a portrait of the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Great Leader General Kim Jung Il. There are many locations around Pyongyang where they can do this, but a popular venue is the Kimilsunglia-Kimjungilia Exhibition Hall where there are many flowers displayed around a portrait of the smiling leaders. Most of the flowers in the exhibition hall are a purple dendrobium orchid named after Kim Il Sung and a red begonia named after Kim Jung Il.

When I entered the hall, a young couple was having a wedding video made in front of the portrait of the great leaders, but the moment the cameraman saw me – a rare foreign visitor – he turned his camera onto me. The bride looked none too pleased about me suddenly becoming the focus of attention on her special day, and I felt somewhat embarrassed and sorry for the couple that they were left standing there as the cameraman started filming my movements as I walked around the exhibition hall. However, as I think back on the incident, I can’t help chuckling about it, and wonder how much of their wedding video was taken up with footage of a foreigner admiring the Kimilsunglias and Kimjungilias ;)

Nikon D100 , Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED

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Guest 20-Aug-2010 20:48
The poor groom has probably just realised that marriage is the same as being in a gulag
Michelle Marsh 20-Nov-2008 21:31

Michelle Marsh

Michelle Marsh
Chris Heath27-Jun-2007 20:52
The people are so sad. You know that they are scared to death in fear of the "great leader"
Guest 16-May-2007 00:43
Really very interesting. Thank you for sharing your words and photo's. Actually I did not know that you could even tour North Korea. I would be afraid to go there. Quite honestly I think I will stay in the good old UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. God Bless America
funkywon 12-Sep-2006 10:53
great!!! and all your comments are very that u made the effort to explain a lil more details about ur trip...mustve been a great experience..
Ezekiel 2008-Jul-2006 02:37
Amusing image :)
Guest 20-Mar-2006 05:31
great stuff
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