April 13, 2024

Trapped in Free Market Korea: A Holiday in Rason (Part 2/2)

****If you missed part one, please click here.****

Visiting the darkened half of the Korean peninsula is never a joyful experience. However, at its best, it has a frisson of excitement; a sense that you are a young pioneer - an explorer in an unknown land. For a second, it is easy to entertain the illusion that you are a fabulous cultural raconteur, that you really are interesting, charming - blessed with extraordinary insight into your own and other cultures alike. However, by this point in our journey this feeling had disappeared, only to be replaced by a real sense of threat - a genuine worry that we, like others before, would be swallowed up by the world’s most secretive state.

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