North Korea Photo AlbumClick on any of the photos below to enlarge.
Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport. The North Korean woman is holding a sign that reads THE SUN OF THE 21ST CENTURY in honor of Kim Jong-il’s sixtieth birthday. 2002
Suki Kim with a North Korean student at Kim Il-sung University campus with a statue of Kim Il-sung in the background. 2002
The Ministry of Railways’ painting of a train that Kim Jong-il once rode in; he was said to have died on a train while traveling tirelessly to oversee the well-being of his people. Kimjongilia Exhibition, 2002
A guide gestures at the sun, which symbolizes Kim Jong-il, the “Sun of the 21st Century.” The background depicts Mount Baekdu, where Kim was said to have been born. Kimilsungias (the pink flowers) and Kimjongilias (the red flowers) surround the sun. Kimjongilia Exhibition, 2002
Suki’s North Korean visa. 2011
Suki by the East Sea outside Wonsan. 2011
A gas station outside PUST; the sign in back reads: LONG LIVE GENERAL KIM JONG-IL, THE SUN OF THE 21ST CENTURY! 2011
Suki eating Chinese instant ramen outside the Seventh Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair. 2011
Students watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. PUST, 2011
The program for the Victory 727 celebration at the People’s Palace of Culture; the flower is the Kimilsungia. Pyongyang, 2011
An Election Day poster, which reads: LET EVERYONE AGREE VOTE! Pyongyang, 2011
Plaques purported to be from worldwide supporters of the regime at the base of Juche Tower. Pyongyang, 2011
Juche Tower. Pyongyang, 2011
North Korean currency; the basic unit is the won.
Naengmyun, a cold dish usually consisting of meat broth, buckwheat noodles, and other ingredients, is a specialty of Pyongyang.
Students often watched from their dormitory windows while I practiced shooting hoops on the court below. PUST, 2011
Students playing soccer; Kimilsungism Study Hall is in the background. PUST, 2011
Marble statue of Kim Il-sung at the Grand People’s Study House. Pyongyang, 2011
Suki in the classroom; on the blackboard are the lyrics of a North Korean song she translated with her students. PUST, 2011
Decorative display at the Chosun Computer Center. On the “computer screen” is a quote by Kim Il-sung praising Kim Jong-Il; the “keyboard” is made up of Kimjongilias.
Building in Pyongyang; the sign reads: WE ARE HAPPY.
Female guards on patrol at PUST.
Suki in the hall outside her office; the signs read: LEADER LUCK, GENERAL LUCK, CAPTAIN LUCK.
Suki on the day she departed Pyongyang, about to board a flight on North Korea’s Air Koryo at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport. 2011
The front page of Rodong Sinmun (North Korea’s official newspaper) on the morning after Kim Jong-il’s death was announced. 2011