Myohyangsan translates to "the mountain of mysterious fragrance.“
Reading Korean well has a lot of advantages on a trip into North Korea, such as being able to translate the ubiquitous propaganda posters and slogans. This one reads “Long live General Kim Jong Eun, the Sun of Juche Korea!”
Juche was his grandfather Kim Il Sung’s revolutionary theory and ideology that asserted "man is the master of his destiny," the Korean masses were to act as the "masters of the revolution and construction," and that through a nation becoming strong and self-reliant it can achieve true socialism.
It is illegal to fold a newspaper across a photograph of Kim Jong Eun, Kim Jong Il, or Kim Il Sung. It must be folded in such a manner that the photo remains uncreased.
When taking a photo of statues of the leaders, their entire bodies must be in the frame.
Standing 60 m tall, it is 10 m higher than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Those doughnuts were extremely good!
The pastel colours were originally created by diluting paint with water to make it go further, but have since become a hallmark of the Pyongyang cityscape.
I would soon board the trolleybus for a ride around Pyongyang. Judging by the looks on locals' faces, they hadn't seen one like it in decades. Each star on the side was awarded to the driver for going 10,000 km with no accidents. Pyongyang Railway Station is seen in the background.
The sights and sounds were overwhelming at first (it was only the second day in the country), but after I'd gathered my thoughts, I was free to wander with my camera between thousands of young North Koreans dancing in expanding and contracting circle formations. The propaganda slogan below the leaders' portraits reads: "The great comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are always with us."