Theme Week North Korea – Pyongyang

27 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© flickr.com - uritours.com/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – uritours.com/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pyongyang is the capital and largest city of North Korea. Pyongyang is located on the Taedong River about 109 kilometers (68 mi) upstream from its mouth on the Yellow Sea. According to the 2008 population census, it has a population of 3,255,288. Pyongyang is a directly-administered city with equal status to North Korean provinces. Pyongyang is the political, industrial and transport center of North Korea. It is home to North Korea’s major government institutions, as well as the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea. Pyongyang is in the west-central part of North Korea; the city lies on a flat plain about 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of the Korea Bay, an arm of the Yellow Sea. The Taedong River flows southwestward through the city toward the Korea Bay. The Pyongyang plain, where the city is situated, is one of the two large plains on the Western coast of the Korean peninsula, the other being the Chaeryong plain. Both have an area of approximately 500 square kilometers.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Sinuiju

26 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Aerial view of Downtown Sinuiju with Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge as seen from Dandong in China © Baycrest/cc-by-sa-2.5

Aerial view of Downtown Sinuiju with Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge as seen from Dandong in China
© Baycrest/cc-by-sa-2.5

Sinŭiju (known before 1925 in English as Yeng Byen City) is a city in North Korea which faces Dandong, China across the international border of the Yalu River. It is the capital of North P’yŏngan province. Part of the city is included in the Sinŭiju Special Administrative Region, which was established in 2002 to experiment with introducing a market economy. In recent years, the city, despite lagging behind the development in the capital Pyongyang, has seen a small construction boom and increasing tourism from China.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Hamhung

25 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Mass Dance © flickr.com - Mario Micklisch/cc-by-2.0

Mass Dance © flickr.com – Mario Micklisch/cc-by-2.0

Hamhŭng is North Korea‘s second largest city, and the capital of South Hamgyŏng Province. With an estimated population of 768,551, Hamhung is the second largest city by population in the whole country of North Korea. Located in the southern part of the South Hamgyong province, Hamhung is the main and most popular metropolitan area in the whole province, and serves for almost all tourism by foreigners to the province. Hamhung has a thriving local economy compared to other metropolitan areas in North Korea, and it is known by North Koreans as a great area of architectural construction that was centrally planned, and built by the government of North Korea.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Kaesong

24 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

The Goryeo Museum © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Goryeo Museum © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kaesong is a special city in the southern part of North Korea (formerly in North Hwanghae Province), and the capital of Korea during the Taebong kingdom and subsequent Goryeo dynasty. The city is near the Kaesong Industrial Region close to the border with South Korea and contains the remains of the Manwoldae palace. Called Songdo while it was the ancient capital of Goryeo, the city prospered as a trade centre that produced Korean ginseng. Kaesong now functions as the DPRK’s light industry centre.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea – Wonsan

23 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© panoramio.com – stngiam/cc-by-sa-3.0

Wŏnsan, previously known as Wŏnsanjin, Port Lazarev, and Genzan, is a port city and naval base located in Kangwŏn Province, North Korea, along the eastern side of the Korean Peninsula, on Sea of Japan and the provincial capital. The port was opened by occupying Japanese forces in 1880. Before the 1950–1953 Korean War, it fell within the jurisdiction of the then South Hamgyŏng province, and during the war it was the location of the Blockade of Wŏnsan. The population of the city was estimated at 329,207 in 2013. Notable people from Wŏnsan include Kim Ki-nam, a diplomat and former Vice Chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.   read more…

Theme Week North Korea

22 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Pyongyang © flickr.com - John Pavelka7cc-by-2.0

Pyongyang © flickr.com – John Pavelka7cc-by-2.0

North Korea, they officially call themselves the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or DPR Korea), is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The country is bordered to the north by China and by Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in Chinese) and Tumen rivers, and to the south by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two. North Korea, like its southern counterpart, claims to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. Pyongyang is the country’s capital and largest city.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Middelburg

27 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Kloveniersdoelen, former seat of the Dutch East India Company © Chris06/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kloveniersdoelen, former seat of the Dutch East India Company © Chris06/cc-by-sa-4.0

Middelburg is a city and municipality in the south-western Netherlands serving as the capital of the province of Zeeland. Situated on the central peninsula of the Zeeland province, Midden-Zeeland (consisting of former islands Walcheren, Noord-Beveland and Zuid-Beveland), it has a population of about 48,000. In terms of technology, Middelburg played a role in the Scientific Revolution at the early modern period. The town was historically a center of lens crafting in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. The invention of the microscope and telescope is often credited to Middelburg spectacle-makers (including Zacharias Janssen and Hans Lipperhey) in the late 16th century and early 17th century.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Hulst

26 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Hulst Church © Vitaly Volkov/cc-by-2.5

Hulst Church © Vitaly Volkov/cc-by-2.5

Hulst is a municipality and city in southwestern Netherlands in the east of Zeelandic Flanders, which is connected by land only to Belgium, on the Dutch-Belgian border.   read more…

Theme Week Zeeland – Goes

25 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

City harbor of Goes © Takeawa/cc-by-sa-3.0

City harbor of Goes © Takeawa/cc-by-sa-3.0

Goes is a city and municipality in the southwestern Netherlands on Zuid-Beveland, in the province of Zeeland. The city of Goes has approximately 38,000 residents.   read more…

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