SUNBI MARTIAL ARTS

N.KOREA PHOTO GALLERY

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This is a North Korean visa.  I had a little trouble with the guards at the airport.  They thought that because my clothes in my picture here were a different color from the picture I sent ahead to them that I had a brother who came in my place or something.  After a few tense moments Dr. Kimm and I convinced them that it was me in both photos.  I took this picture because they don't let you keep your visa to North Korea.

This is the Pyongyang airport terminal.  There are only two flights a week into this airport.  We had to charter a plane in order to get in and out when we needed to.  It was very bleak as you can see in this photo.  It was raining when we de-planned and walked to the building. 

We arrived on Sunday.  I asked one of the "guides" who were always with us why there were no cars on the roads.  He told me that they were not allowed to drive on Sundays.  This was their day to march.  I found out later what that meant.

This shot was taken on Monday.  People walking but still no cars.  Six lane roads but no cars.  You won't see any littler on the highways either.

This is a photo of one of their traffic cops.  They were all very young, very pretty girls.  They stood in the middle of intersections and jerked their heads around very fast to keep up with approaching traffic.  Notice the splash of color at the corner.  Those were brightly colored flags placed there for our benefit, I think.   Everything else is either gray or brown and still no cars.

This is marching North Korean style.  Everyone and I mean everyone participates.  I asked one of our "guides" what the march was for.  He said to honor the great leader, Kimm Il Sung and their country.

Can you imagine what would happen if we told everyone in this country that they couldn't drive on Sunday and they had to walk down town and march?

This is the Kim Il Sung Memorial Palace where his body lies at state in a glass coffin.  We were told to walk in ranks of four abreast and pay our respects to him.  There were no cameras allowed inside and we had to wear little cloth booties over our shoes in order to keep the dust to a minimum in the building.

This is the statue of Kim Il Sung you saw at the beginning.  He seemed to like this pose most of all.

This is the Arch of Unity.  These are two women holding a unified map of Korea.  This statue if about 80 feet tall and spans a 6 lane boulevard.  Still no cars.

Next we went to the tomb of King Tan Jun, the legendary founder of Korea.  We were allowed to go inside the tomb and view the bones of both the king and his wife.  It was very interesting.

Being an Auburn fan I really liked the tiger statues at the corners of the outside of the tomb.

We spent the afternoon at the tomb of King Tongmyong the founder of the Kogoryo Kingdom.  Since the king was famous for his archery skills Dr. Kimm brought along some Korean bows and we tried our hand at the archery range on the tomb grounds. 

There were statues of the kings generals and family members lining the long stairway up to the pyramid which was the tomb.

This is a painting on the wall of the temple at the base of the tomb.  It shows a fight where the winner becomes the new village chief.  Back then the strongest and most skilled fighter became the leader.

This is a roof corner of the temple mentioned above.  I wanted something to show the architecture of the period.  It is amazing to see how they built their structures hundreds of years ago.

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