I, honestly, didn’t know much about North Korea. Communist and isolated were the words I heard a lot about this country. So, I expected to see how they were. Then, I was surprised. Even though tourists didn’t have much time to mingle with the locals, I could see they were nice and happy people. The immigration staff at the airport smiled at me while I silently said “Yeeaaah” having he handed my passport. What outsiders see it’s weird might be it’s very normal for North Koreans.
- Their fashion looked classic and colorless. I even didn’t see people wearing jeans, let alone tank top. The female seemed fashionable with their hairdo, lace umbrella, and shoes, including fancy school shoes for the girls. But, the guys, their clothes were similar; white shirt and dark or gray pants.
- Most of adults wearing pin of former leader on their left chest. I didn’t really know where the people going around during office hours, but they looked busy and rush. Our guide said that they’re going to work, though not sure what kind of job.
- Besides using bicycle, people take bus and metro as transportation. I am not sure about the air conditioning one, but we tried the no AC bus and it’s not really good one.
- I didn’t see big or fat person, even the soldiers were tiny and short. Talking to friends in my group, we agreed that we haven’t seen any good looking guys as well as long hair man.
- I don’t know how they date, but I saw some couples sitting closely and walking holding hand. Apparently, there is love in the air of North Korea as well. FYI, North Korean is encouraged to have as many as children, and once they get married, they will have a house for free.
- One day I caught some groups of people sitting under the trees by Taedong River enjoying their lunch. They laughed each other and greeted us walking through of them. My group also had chance to dance with some locals. They nicely asked us to join with them, and laughed looking our silly moves.
- People on the road, especially the children sometimes wave to tourists in the bus. They looked get used to with foreigners. When you see them directly, they will be shy.
- Basically, there is no boundaries to the locals, except the army. You can take picture of the locals, but not the men in the uniform. One of my travel mates was warned when he’s taking picture the situation of the restaurant in the train. We were waiting our order at the time, and barely knew that a man wearing undershirt was an officer until he angrily talked in Korean pointed out my friend. Then the waitress told us what he said.
I might not deeply know the people to say nothing happen to them, but what I saw was they were like people outside their country who like dancing, singing, and laughing. And I am looking forward to seeing them again!