KIM IL-SUNG’s beaming, cherubic face is everywhere. 18 years after his death, the image of his croaking-toad jowls and chicklet-white teeth still appears to hold sway over much of the North Korean population.
Documentary filmmaker, Patrick Wallner, who visited Pyongyang during the ‘madness’ of the birthday celebration and shot this video, had this to say:
Traveling to the Hermit Kingdom is already bizarre enough, but when we heard that North Korea would be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Great Leader & eternal president, Kim Il-sung, there was no way to let such an epic birthday party slip through our hands.
Laurence Keefe, Kirill Korobkov and I flew over to Pyongyang for two days to witness the madness. While skateboarding within the DPRK was our main intention, it was overshadowed by the celebrations & the ‘no sliding’ anywhere rule.
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Joshywashington is a Travel Media Ninja from Seattle who enjoys writing, climbing trees and strong coffee.
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