Day 6: The West Sea Barrage and back to Pyongyang

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* Bike rider in front of the bus

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.

* Statue
The 8 kilometer structure has a long system of dams and many sluices to allow ships to travel back and forth on the Taedong Rover and the West Sea. Then we had some time on our own to wonder around before we would leave for Pyongyang.

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)

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* Bike rider in front of the bus
* Bike rider in front of the bus
* Statue
* Statue
* Packed boat
* Packed boat
* Makes you wonder why this one di…
* Makes you wonder why this one d…
* Train
* Train
* Train
* Train
* Light house in the distance
* Light house in the distance
Taedong River
Taedong River
The West Sea Barrage
The West Sea Barrage
* The West Sea Barrage
* The West Sea Barrage
* The West Sea Barrage
* The West Sea Barrage
* Portrait of Kim Il Sung
* Portrait of Kim Il Sung
Light House
Light House
The West Sea Barrage
The West Sea Barrage
The West Sea Barrage
The West Sea Barrage
Our guide
Our guide
* Mr. Kim
* Mr. Kim
* Guide at the West Sea Barrage
* Guide at the West Sea Barrage
Fishing boats in the West Sea
Fishing boats in the West Sea
Boat
Boat
The West Sea Barrage
The West Sea Barrage
The Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il
The Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il
Portraits
Portraits
Quote from Kim Il Sung
Quote from Kim Il Sung
Quote from Kim Jong Il
Quote from Kim Jong Il
Kim Il Sung (left) & Kim Jong Il (…
Kim Il Sung (left) & Kim Jong Il …
* Documentary on tv
* Documentary on tv
* Jimmy Carter (left) & Kim Il Sun…
* Jimmy Carter (left) & Kim Il Su…
* Painting of the West Sea Barrage
* Painting of the West Sea Barrage
The guide (left) and Ms. Han (righ…
The guide (left) and Ms. Han (rig…
Kim Il Sung (left) & Kim Jong Il (…
Kim Il Sung (left) & Kim Jong Il …
B&W photo of the West Sea Barrage
B&W photo of the West Sea Barrage
Ship on the West Sea
Ship on the West Sea
The West Sea Barrage
The West Sea Barrage
I was surprised this one was still…
I was surprised this one was stil…
Fishing boat on the West Sea
Fishing boat on the West Sea
No clue what this is, it could be …
No clue what this is, it could be…
Yes, even a big tire can become a …
Yes, even a big tire can become a…
* The West Sea Barrage
* The West Sea Barrage
* Statues
* Statues
Soccer practice
Soccer practice
Sign
Sign
* Taxi?
* Taxi?
Doing the laundry
Doing the laundry
Apartment buildings
Apartment buildings
Small village in the distance
Small village in the distance
Small pond
Small pond
Rice fields
Rice fields
Outskirts of Nampho
Outskirts of Nampho
Another pond
Another pond
* Nothing but bikes on the road
* Nothing but bikes on the road
* Mother & daughter
* Mother & daughter
Street vendor
Street vendor
* Street in Nampho
* Street in Nampho
* Still digging
* Still digging
Still digging
Still digging
Offloading the dirt
Offloading the dirt
* Street life
* Street life
* Elderly couple
* Elderly couple
* TRuck
* TRuck
* Walking with his bike
* Walking with his bike
* Main street in Nampho
* Main street in Nampho
* Steel DPRK flag
* Steel DPRK flag
* Street life
* Street life
The Great Leader, Kim Il Sung
The Great Leader, Kim Il Sung
Propaganda poster
Propaganda poster
Propaganda mural
Propaganda mural
* Propaganda mural
* Propaganda mural
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