Countryside Propaganda Billboards and Murals

A collection of images showing propaganda billboards and murals from the Wonsan and Hamhung countryside areas.

Wonson - Hamhung Countryside

Propaganda from the Wonson/Hamhung region, North Korea

Propaganda from the Wonson/Hamhung region, North Korea

Hamhung-Wonson Road

Wonson - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

Wonson - Hamhung Countryside North Korea

All photos taken April 2012 by Joseph A Ferris III

4 responses

  1. I’m blown away that these exist in 2012. I lived in Russia as an exchange student when it was still the Soviet Union, and I saw a lot of posters like this. But, when I returned in 1991 and 1993, they had mostly disappeared from the places they had been before… In the schools, there were posters on how to protect your life and food supply in case of various kinds of attacks, rather than maps of fire escape routes and what to do in case of a tornado… the signs I grew up with. I find it hard to wrap my head around the fact that people still live like this. Of course, here we have corporations’ billboards in our face everywhere…also telling us how we should live.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    • All of the blatant anti American propaganda signs have been taken down, but the ones shown in this post are very common. I have a 2nd post with more pics on these posters and billboards soon to come.

      There are also commercial billboards showing up in and around Pyongyang – check out these car advertisements – pics I took from Aug 2011 and April 2012:

      North Korea Auto Advertisement

      North Korean Capitalism

      May 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      • Wow, and the car ads aren’t even yellow and red! You have a wonderful collection of flickr pics. They really give a sense of what life must be like there.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:31 am

      • Thank you very much, people have been really supportive of what I have shown of North Korea.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

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