Day 6: The West Sea Barrage and back to Pyongyang
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At the sight, we were greeted by a female guide. As she didn't spoke english, Ms. Han became her interpretor, as the guide explained us about the purpose of the dam. Then we got inside the building, underneath the lighthouse, where we were greeted by a big portrait of a smiling Kimg Jong Il, the Dear Leader.
Then we sat down in a room, where we got to see a video of the building of the dam, and how visits by both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il led to the completion of the project, thanks to their engineering knowledge and skills to motivate the workers.
The project started in 1981 and was completed in 1986, giving several benefits. Seperation of the salt water of the West Sea and the fresh water of the Taedong River, solving the problem with drinking water. It also meant more shipping traffic on the river, as well as irrigation to more farm lands.
On our way back to Pyongyang, we drove through Nampho again. This time we entered the city on a different road and as we reached the outskirts of the city, things seemed to look better. The surrounding farmland (ricefields), houses and hills/mountains were green and basking in the sun. Several street vendors sat along the road to sell their fruits to passers by.
But as we drove further into the city, we saw the houses and buildings again, driving through the same street as the evening before, where the local people were digging the dirt. It was the same sight, still digging in the dirt. But this time it was their national holiday and the sun was shining. What a contrast when we passed the statue of the Great Leader. It stood on a square, beautifully surrounded by trees, bushes and grass, while in front of him, lay rows of almost perfect blocks of pavement.... Sometimes there has to be a difference.... We eventually drove out of the city and continued our way towards Pyongyang.
(Note: pictures that show a * weren't taken by me)