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Kids in Chilbo sea beach - North Korea

Perhaps the nicest meeting i had in North Korea during my september 2011 trip: we stopped along the beach in Chilbo coast (a very nice place, full of trees and white beaches). I saw a group of north koreans kids playing in the beach. i wanted to meet them, but a big STOP billboard was in the middle of the beach. Meaning "foreigner, get tout of here". But as soon as they saw me, the kids all came, and explained me in a rather good english that they were the North Korea judo team, and had holidays in Chilbo sea. Then a policeman came , and ask everybody to go back on each side of the STOP billboard...

One more time it is possible to speak to north koreans, if you do not obey your guide, and if you treat them like normal human beings!


© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on September 12, 2011