Ruled over by the cheese-eating, rule-breaking, hipster-haircut known as Kim Jong-un; the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (to give the country of North Korea its official title) is still somewhat of a mystery to many of us. Sure, stories do emerge of nuclear weapon development, human rights violations, and power-cuts in the rural regions but we hardly ever actually get to see videos and photographs taken from within the secretive Asian state.
Pictures, of course, are capable of speaking a thousand words so without pictures it’s difficult to imagine even a smidgeon of what’s really going on in the DPRK. With that in mind, you might be seriously interested to see this footage shot by Aram Pan on a private tour of North Korea’s infamous Masikryong ski resort in December 2015.
We reported in May 2015 that a disagreement over the development of Masikryong may have led to the widely-reported execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle. If you consider that possibility, which we should state has never been confirmed by sources inside the country, it does gives the bizarre experience of watching this a morbidly fascinating undercurrent.
The video itself (see below) is 30 minutes long so if you haven’t got time to watch that right now, we’ve posted some screenshots of the Masikryong guided tour underneath.