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The Vice Guide to North Korea:Part 3

Part 3
19:48 | 2008

Categories: Documentary, History, Shorts

The next stop on THE VICE GUIDE TO NORTH KOREA tour of North Korean propaganda is The Great People's Library. Just like everywhere else in North Korea, the creep keeps on coming.
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January 20, 2015
This was indeed a super rare picture into North korea and it's communist regime. Indoctrination into every aspect of these people's lives. Very scary . To think that Hitler is gone, but there are still people like him here today...
Athelston Pious
September 9, 2014
A super rare look into the unknown. I compare these guys to the men who walked on the moon. They went through all that to document North Korea.
Lidiette Lacalle
March 31, 2014
Jo S
November 16, 2013
September 17, 2013
Victor Martins
August 20, 2013
Charles Jaffe
August 2, 2013
barry brickell
July 14, 2013
Ryan Shaughnessy
August 5, 2012
"abbey Road...I understand those bastards now!" funny.
Ken Choate
July 18, 2012
Shane is not kidding, and I thank him for the personal glimpse at NK. What he provided was not easy. When the North Koreans torpedoed the SK frigate, I decided to do a little research myself. My platform was Googlearth global survey. I found about five harbors with NK midget submarines close to SK. I then started expanding my survey of NK over a period of months. Most of the satellite survey took place from 2008-2011. First thing you noticed is there is not much maritime traffic. Most of the NK navy is docked in port Virtually no vehicles on the road. People walking and pulling carts either by themselves or on bikes. Rail trains were almost nonesistant. If you can not transport produce by road you must use rail. The streets of the capital were almost empty. Rural towns are small "cookie-cutter" plans with most of the population housing in a compressed township. (easier to monitor) All the agriculture is through manual labor, No agricuture machinery was noted. 90 percent of the factories are shutdown. No smoke through the stacks nor rail cars on the sidings. Public works. Lots of engineering structures, the barrage west of the capital is an impressive structure as shown in the feature. A lot of dams and reserviors. most for irrigation. A lot of roads and railroad tracks but again, almost no vehicle traffic on the roads or tracks. Parks and public facilities. A heck of lot, I suspect mainly for employment. A lot of hotels but no vehicles in the parking lot. Prison compounds, five in the capital and a lot in the rural regions. Villas, estates or mansions. A lot more than you would think. Objects of interest. I spotted about a dozen, including a missile test launchpad and a really strange facilty with pumped storage power capaciity of about 15 minutes. NK military. The NK airforce is a joke. 1950's era jets. Army has a lot of installations and arty. The NK navy is laid up in port. What I observed from satellite is that NK is a failed country, comparing the surveilance of China, SK and NK is striking in the difference of the vibrence of economies between China, SK. and NK Word is China is going to take over NK when the regime fails. SK looked long and hard at the cost of reunification and didn't like the price. I'm not a big fan of China but NK citizens would be 200 percent better off under Chinese domination than the current government.
Donna Hartman McGill
June 18, 2012
WOW....I knew things were rough there but this has add a new angle to a crazy/sad story of N Korea.
Stanley Lucas
March 1, 2012
Interesting as how you were treated like a head of state. Who wouldn't like that? I do wish you had bought some of that young woman's tea, she was dying for you to buy some. I am not sure that this would represent a relaxing vacation though, you would always have to watch what you say.
Michael Baker
May 29, 2012
I wonder, if anything had be purchased at that tea shop, that they would have been allowed to keep their purchases? I'm thinking no.
Leland Jordon
February 26, 2012
Utterly fascinating. The performances by your hosts reveal just as much as they hide.
Roger Massey
December 22, 2011
I wish you hadn't done so many of the things that you did. You portrayed the classic "ugly American." Yes, NK is a very sick society, but you displayed the sickness of our own with your disrespect for your hosts. I am very disappointed in the quality of this film.
Michael Baker
May 29, 2012
I'm rather doubt that even the best possible diplomatic attitude would have changed any of the North Koreans' attitudes towards Americans. You can be disappointed all you want, but even obvious, fawning respect and support would have been met with nothing but suspicion and distrust. Like they said in the film, the North Koreans anr indoctrinated from near birth with how evil Imperial America is. One reporter, whether he's the consummate diplomat, or the worst America has to offer, will not shift the attitude of any native he's come into contact with.