Touring North Korea’s capital and bowing to the ‘Great’ Leaders! | North Korea day 3 🇰🇵


– 70 years of brilliant leadership. (mysterious music) – [Lee Voiceover] not everyone will agree with visiting North Korea but I’ve been fascinated by this country for a long time, so I just had to go and see it for myself. It’s not possible to travel independently. Only on a state run tour and obviously, you’re only shown what
they want you to see. I absolutely do not support the regime that is in place here. Bare in mind, everything I filmed was subject to inspection, so please take some things that are said by me or others while
present in the country with a pinch of salt. Enjoy the video. – [Male Announcer] Kim Jung
Un, diplomatic break through. – [Female Announcer] North
Korea’s missile capability– – [Male Announcer] Kim Jung Il has died. – [Donald] Little Rocket Man. – [Female Announcer] An historic meeting, – [Male Announcer] nuclear arsenal, – [Male Announcer] demilitarized zone, – [Male Announcer] armed and dangerous, – [Male Announcer] North Korea, – [Female Announcer] Kim Jung Un, – [Male Announcer] North Korea. – [Lee] Good morning, how we getting on? Filmed the DPRK, it is 7:26 a.m. – [Robbie] Day number two. – Day number two, got
called half an hour ago. Or 26 minutes ago. It’s day number three,
by the way, technically, but day number two full day in Pyongyang, and we’re doing, I think we’re doing a day tour around Pyongyang, seeing what it’s all about, paying our respects to the great leaders. If you enjoy, give it a like, let’s go. – [Lee Voiceover] We would
be exploring Pyongyang today and our first stop was a visit to the Mansu Hill Grand Monument to pay respects to the bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. If you’ve seen the first
two videos in this series, then you may have
noticed that almost every North Korean citizen wears a badge with a picture of Kim
Il Sung, Kim Jung Il, or both over their hearts. Miss Hung explains why. – [Miss Hung] Before going outdoors, they just check their outfit
in front of the mirror, and the different thing that they check is whether they’re wearing the pin badge. Yeah? Because they want to have their leaders in their heart always. So why is that? Because the two leaders, do you know what their lifetime motto was? The people are my god. – [Lee Voiceover] To visit the
statues of the great leaders, you must be dressed conservatively. This means no shorts, et cetera, so instead of wearing long pants all day in the searing heat, Robbie and I brought our jeans with us to change in and out of. On the topic of clothing, North Korean citizens aren’t allowed to wear jeans and casual
t-shirts in public, and most dress
conservatively at all times. Upon arrival, we have
the option to buy flowers to lay down in front of the great leaders. I’m pretty sure they cost
30 Chinese yuan each. – We’re gonna go pay our
respects to the great leaders. We have some flowers that we bought, and we’re gonna lay them in front of them as a gesture. – And bow. – And then do a bow. – [Lee Voiceover] Miss
Hung told us not to take any photos, et cetera, until after we had laid the
flowers and paid our respects, but I couldn’t help it. I wanted to capture this moment. [Ms. Hong] Let’s go back to where the other people are. – [Robbie] It’s interesting (mumbles). – [Lee] Huh? – [Robbie] Don’t film Lee. – [Ms. Hong] Okay, in
respect of the great leaders let’s just make the bow. – [Lee Voiceover] Any sign of disrespect in this area can land
you in serious trouble, even when taking photos, it’s important to get the leaders within the frame. Cutting their heads off,
accidentally or not, is apparently a great sign of disrespect. In fact, according to our guides, the thousands of Chinese
tourists that visit North Korea each year aren’t allowed to visit these monuments because they don’t know how to
behave appropriately. The statues stand 22 meters tall surrounded by smaller statues of soldiers, workers and farmers depicting their anti-Japanese
revolutionary struggle. Originally, there was just a statue of Kim Il Sung stood here, but when Kim Jung Il died in 2011, a statue of him was
erected and the Kim Il Sung statue was altered to portray him at a later age and smiling. (bell dings) – Now we’re off to the
war museum I believe. Let’s go. – [Lee Voiceover] We arrived
at the Victorious War Museum, which basically reflects
North Korea’s view of their success in fighting against their arch enemy, the US. There were other tour groups going in, including many tour groups containing North Korean citizens. – Just entered the War
Museum’s grounds now. You’re only allowed to take photo video outside, not inside. One of the other guys in the group pointed out they’re definitely not short for space here in North Korea. (chuckles) So many big things everywhere. – [Lee Voiceover] We were brought around by a 24 year old guide dressed in a military style uniform. – [Lee] Into the trench. (chuckles) (footsteps crunching on pebbles) – [Tour Guide] Those are US army trucks. And this is the anti-tank
gun of the US forces. This is anti-aircraft
gun of the US forces. That is an Amphibian. – [Lee] From the US? – Yes. – [Lee] (chuckling) I knew, I knew! – This is the US fighter 82. It was shot down by a direct hit of our female aircraft hunters in 1953. – [Lee] Your timing’s impeccable, mate. (motor rumbling) – [Lee Voiceover] It was
time for the main attraction, the USS Pueblo, an American spy ship that was captured by the North
Koreans in January, 1968. – The ship was built in 1944 and used as a transport
ship for the US Army. And in 1966, it was modified
as an armed spy ship. And you can see the
letters at the front, GER2. It means civilian boarded
researcher ship number 2. – [Lee Voiceover] 83 crew
members were on board of which one was killed during
the capture of the ship. They were held for 11 months, and after written
confessions from the crew and an admission of spying
from the United States, they were released across the border to South Korea just in time for Christmas. – [Lee] Why couldn’t
it be returned, sorry? Why couldn’t they return it? – US, it’s a trophy, understand? – About to enjoy a little movie while sitting on the captured
US ship in North Korea. (patriotic music) – [TV Announcer] These
are the crewmen of Pueblo. There were 83, including six officers. – These are photos of the officers and their confessions. (solemn music) (speaking foreign language) At the time, four enemy sailors were here to bring weapons to resistance, but one of them was killed on the spot, and the others were seriously wounded. And this is an infiltration chart showing 17 infiltration points. The ship intruded into
our territorial waters. And this is a map showing the path took to capture Pueblo. On this map, this is the
east coast of our country, and those are Republic heroes for emerging from this battle. The middle one is still alive and works as a guide on this ship. – [Lee] What are you doing? – [Man] Sending a secret code of messages.
– Sending an email for my mother. – [Lee] Yeah. (chuckles) – Try to get a Facebook. (laughs) – [Tour Guide Voiceover] The
middle one is still alive, and works as a guide on this ship. – [Lee Voiceover] We had
a tour around the inside of the Victorious War Museum, where we weren’t allowed
to take photo or video. It was full of stuff, including American and British artillery,
guns, downed planes, tanks, you name it, it’s in there. There was also a 360 degree full scale diorama of the Battle of Taejon during the Korean War, which I managed to get a quick video of. Back onto the bus we go. (upbeat music) We stopped at the monument to the party founding for five minutes. – [Lee] The hammer represents the workers, the brush in the middle
represents the intellectuals, and the sickle represents the farmers. And all of the towers are standing at 50 meters and are symmetrical to represent everybody. Sorry, the guide was just
saying something there. What was she saying? – She was telling me
not to stand over here. I was standing on the ledge beside the flower bed. She told me not to. – Ms. Kim. – Hi. (laughing) – The guide said they
built it in one year. It’s massive. To build that in a year is
pretty tough going, I’d imagine. Yeah, it’s cool. – What’s really interesting as well is that directly opposite this structure are the bronze statues
of the great leaders that we were at earlier. (upbeat music) – [Lee Voiceover] Next we
stopped at Kim Il Sung Square where the military parades take place. It was built in 1954. – [Lee] We’re out for a walk now in the streets of Pyongyang, and we’re back in this square that has the library over there which were in yesterday
in the other video, and what’s very interesting is all these numbers
all over the ground here in white paint. They are there for the people that participate in the parades, so they know where to stand and what to do, et cetera, et cetera. – My eyes are so sore. – [Lee] Why? – It’s so bright. I don’t have sunglasses. – [Lee] Here. Sorry. So there’s a wedding going on here, or at least she’s in the car. (speaking foreign language) – [Tour Guide] Okay let’s
wait to see (mumbles). – [Lee] Here she comes. (group appreciating the dress) How do you say congratulations? (speaking foreign language) Hey, we’re on his video. (speaking foreign language) – [Lee Voiceover] Finally
it was lunchtime, and again, there was no shortage
of food for us tourists. As usual, there was propaganda
playing on the TV screen. This time some of us were
glued to the screens. Were we starting to be brainwashed? (singing on TV) After lunch we began a short walk to a tourist bookshop nearby. (speaking foreign language) – We’re in a bookstore now, which we have seen many, and in all of them, they have this book which I would love to buy, but I wouldn’t want to
carry it around with me. “Seventy Years of Brilliant Leadership”. (bright music) – [Lee] That would look good on your wall in Portugal, no? – Yeah, I think so. Our next house. – If you want to know the
conscious of a soldier, look at his weapons. – [Lee Voiceover] The longer
you look at the titles of these books, the more comical it gets. (whimsical music) – It’s forbidden to fold a newspaper on one of those great leaders’ faces, so as you can see on this one, they put the fold here and a fold here, so it folds like that. Or alternatively, you can roll it. I’m not gonna demonstrate with this one. An interesting thing you need
to know if you visit the DPRK, don’t fold the leader’s face. – [Lee Voiceover] We left the bookshop and walked up the road a little. We were now on the other side of Kim Il Sung Square waiting for the bus. We crossed the river and
arrived at Juche Tower, the second tallest stone
structure in the world. Juche is the official state ideology. It basically means that man is the master of his destiny, and that the Korean masses are to act as the masters of the
revolution and construction. And that by becoming
self-reliant and strong, a nation can achieve true socialism. – 150 meters tall,
approximately five euros to go to the top. Let’s see how much it’s
gonna be in Chinese yuan. It should be about 35 if the
exchange rate is correct. – Tallest stone tower in
the world, let’s do it. – Up on top of Juche Tower right now. It was 40 RMB, but Robbie had euros so we paid in euro. It saved us a little bit of cents. The views up here are incredible. 360 degree view of Pyongyang. We’re very lucky because
it’s pretty clear. You can see very far right now. – You get the same view
from the bar in the hotel. – That’s true, but we were
up there the other night, and at nighttime, anyway,
you can’t see shi… (speaking foreign language) (solemn music) The stadium over there is actually the biggest in the world
in terms of capacity. 150,000 people can fit in there. That’s also where they
have the Mass Games, although it’s been
postponed at the moment. – [Lee Voiceover] I didn’t want to say it while I was standing in North Korea, but we heard it was
postponed because Kim Jung Un wasn’t happy with the
standard of the Mass games. Once again, we were on
our way somewhere else. (upbeat music) – We’re now about to go into
a local Korean supermarket to do some shopping, if we want. We have about 40 minutes
to kill inside here, so this is gonna be and interesting one, obviously mixing with locals. – Yeah. Look at this. (woman on speakers talking
in foreign language) – [Ms. Hong] No photos here. – [Lee] Really? – [Ms Hong] Yeah. – [Lee Voiceover] As if
that was gonna stop me. What striked me the most
about this shopping center was how normal it all seems. But then again, only
the elite North Koreans live in Pyongyang. (dramatic music) That’s really good. (speaking foreign language) We say (speaking foreign language) with a Chinese man in Korea. (chuckles) So unfortunately, couldn’t film too much inside there because it’s
forbidden, but interesting. I mean to be honest with you, it’s just like any other supermarket anywhere else in the world. So nothing special. Koreans going about their daily business, their daily lives buying stuff. We said hello to some, we had some interactions. We went up to the clothing
part of the store and, – I tried on a jacket. – Which looked quite well. You should have bought it but I guess you don’t wanna be lugging it around for the next few months when it’s really, really hot everywhere we are going. So just now enjoying a strawberry drink before we go somewhere else. (upbeat music) – [Lee Voiceover] Just
outside of Pyongyang, we stopped by the house where in 1912, Kim Il Sung was born and raised. Kim Il Sung was quoted saying, “We were not poor, but always “a step away from poverty.” There was quite a walk up to the house, which made me think that they must have demolished a whole neighborhood to turn it into a museam. – [Tour Guide] Now it
is 145 year old history. And here you can see their summer house. The summer house, used like the rest place in the summer days. – Very good. (group laughing) – [Lee] We’re about to
go inside Mangyongdae School Children’s Palace. Okay, sorry to say it then. – Mangyongdae. – Mangyongdae, we all say it differently. But we’re going to the
school Children’s Palace to see the children perform. Talanted of children. – This is the sign of the, of our president, Kim Il Sung. When he was alive, he loved
the children very much. – [Lee Voiceover] There was certainly no expense spared in this school, and to be honest, it looked fantastic. However, don’t be fooled. This is obviously the absolute best. The talented kids that performed for us was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. (theatrical music) (singing in foreign language) (audience claps) Robbie had to deliver flowers from our group to the stage, however this was left to the last moment. It was all over, ladies and gentlemen. The curtains were closing,
people were leaving. Will he make it? They put the curtain back up for you. Some of the others gave our girl guide lots and lots of sweets. I bet she would appreciated
the bag too, huh guys? We went for dinner, which was my least favorite meal for the entire tour. It was some sort of glass noodles we had to cook ourselves
and throw an egg in. But hey, at least the beers were good. Before heading back to the hotel, we took a stroll along Science Street where apparently all of the elite teachers and lecturers reside. It’s a very nice street, to be honest. (man whistling) We’ve been walking along Science Street for the last while now, and professors and
teachers have apartments in this building here, and each floor is shaped in – An Atom. – That’s nerdy stuff if you don’t know what an atom is, you know. – [Lee Voiceover] Back on the bus for the final time of the day, and Ms. Hong was very generous and bought us all ice
creams before we returned to the hotel and called it a night. – One for everyone in the audience, baby. Back in the hotel, about
to turn the lights off. It’s been another very
interesting day here in the DPRK. Very, very long days, very, very informative days from the DPRK perspective. And I’m loving the tour so far. Anyway, if you enjoyed this video, give it a like, comment down below, let me know your thoughts. Make sure to hit the
subscribe button to see more. See you real soon. Good luck. So we’re currently
staring into South Korea from North Korea. (audience applauds) (upbeat music) (speaking foreign language)

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