Peace Sign Photobomb!

Peace - Wonsan Town Square North Korea

Peace sign photobomb at the Wonsan main square, North Korea – photo by Joseph A Ferris III

4 responses

  1. It’s amazing you are allowed to take such candid photographs. Beautiful.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  2. Our guide just let us walk around by ourselves on the docks and the main square of Wonsan – but not any further – we had crowds of people interacting with us, an absolutely amazing experience. We were there for about one hour until some high officials came down and kicked us out – we were creating too much of a sensation!

    Other post with more pics from this walk on the docks here:


    June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  3. James

    Those are great pictures. I like this website. On my last trip I managed to get some similar type pictures in Wonsan. Mainly candid shots with soldiers and their families who were at the beaches. Unfortunately, I left them on my card at the border and the border guards deleted them.
    My first trip was in 2003 and at that time children would ignore you and often run away. I had a whole school class quickly move to a different area once when I was visiting some museum. Adults would ignore you to but if you said hello they would politely acknowledge you. If you went to a performance such as the circus, they would bring you in late and make you leave early to avoid any interaction with the people.
    It’s very interesting to see how it has changed. My last trip in 2008 there were kids coming up and saying hello and trying out very limited english on you and generally you could mingle with the crowds. The clothing has also changed greatly with a lot of brighter colors and individualism that didn’t exist in 2003.

    June 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    • Thanks for your observations, I wish I had made trips earlier on, I am really interested in witnessing the changes in society there.

      June 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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