Pyongyang, North Korea
USS Pueblo Pyongyang Reviews
Former US spy ship, captured by North Korea Apr 30, 2010
Located on the banks of the Tadong River, the U.S.S. Pueblo is North Korea's war trophy on display. This was part of the optional visit of either the lection or the museum and this.
The US warship was entered and captured on the 23rd of january, 1968 by the North Korean navy. It had entered the territorial waters, as claimed by North Korea. The crew were taken hostage, one member died during the siege of the ship.
The prisoners, along with the body of the dead sailor, were released on the 23rd of december, 1968, after an apology from the US Gorvernment.
Inside the ship, we were shown a video about the ship, it's capture and everything that happened afterwards. Of course it was told in such a way that North Korea was the hero and the US were nothing but imperialist pigs.
Then we got a tour inside the ship, seeing several sleeping quarters, the control room with all the spying equipment and displays with signed documents and photos of the whole event. The bullet holes of the siege were even visible.
The guide on this museum/ship was a lady from the Korean Army, in full uniform... in high heels! She did had quite the knowledge about everything.
Is it worth a visit? I would say yes, if only for another display of North Korean pride and view of history. Although in this case, the history seemed more accurate.
As all the visits to the various sites were included in the tour, it was unknown to me about the costs. That's why I made them free.
Part of the list What to see and do in North Korea
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