In April 2017, I spent 3 nights and 4 days in Pyongyang, North Korea (you can read more about my experience in this blog post).
Here were the highlights on video and Snapchat.
I recently spent 3 days in Pyongyang, North Korea with Koryo Tours and I put together this short video/documentary from the trip.
Please keep in mind that this video is about my own personal experiences in North Korea, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. I am well aware that all tours to the DPRK are organized and preplanned, and what I saw was a skewed perspective (a small fraction) of the realities that may exist behind closed doors.
My goal in making this video (and all videos) has always been the same – to focus on spreading happiness & positivity in our world by connecting with people across the globe. While it’s more challenging to do this in North Korea, I tried my best to show you a different (positive) side of the DPRK and connect with the people – which may change your perception from all the negativity the media has brought to this nation.
Many of you know my deep love and appreciation with Korea, as I lived and taught English in Seoul for 18 months. I can speak Korean conversationally, so I used my ability to meet eye to eye with as many locals as I could and have conversations with them. Most people I came across were friendly and kind-hearted, even after telling them I was American. It’s unfortunate that they were born into such a controlling regime, but it certainly wasn’t their fault or choice.
I welcome your thoughts, feedback and questions about my trip to North Korea (comment below!) If you enjoy this video, please share it to help me spread a message of peace, positivity and happiness within the DPRK.
Music: Ben Sound & Audio Autix
Posted by Drew Binsky on Monday, April 24, 2017
The highlight of my trip to North Korea was running in the Pyongyang Marathon last April!
It was the ONLY time that I was able to leave our tour group, and freely run around the streets of Pyongyang (within the marked-off boundaries). I took full advantage of this 2 hours, to mingle and interact with the locals on the sidelines, who were cheering me on and giving me hi-fives!
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Music: Ben Sound
Posted by Drew Binsky on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Did you know that North Korea has the deepest underground public transportation system ON EARTH? It goes 360 feet below the ground!!
Before my trip to Pyongyang last April, I wasn't aware how complex and fascinating the metro system is — and honestly, it was the best place to be surrounded by North Korean people and watch their culture unfold right in front of my eyes.
Would you ever visit North Korea?
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Posted by Drew Binsky on Friday, August 18, 2017
Ever wonder what North Korea is like to visit?
I just came across 8 GB of unseen footage from my trip to North Korea from 3 months ago, and I will be showing you snippets of my trip over the coming weeks.
My visit to North Korea was one of the most eye-opening and surreal trips of my life, and above all, it was the PEOPLE that surprised me the most… Before I went, I was nervous and intimidated by how the people would treat me (especially being American), but I was proven wrong.
I used my knowledge of the Korean language to speak with as many locals as possible, and closely observe everything happening around me (reading signs, over-hearing conversations, etc). Despite most people being shy, they were friendly and kind-hearted, even after telling them I was American. This might come as a surprise to you because everything you hear about North Korea on the news is negative.
Please keep in mind that this video (and all my videos) is about MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ONLY, and nothing else. I was never told by anyone to say anything, or to make this video. Everything you see and hear about my trip is 100% honest from what I experienced.
I welcome your questions, comments, and opinions below, and I'll do my best to answer them.
For more about my trip, please see my blog post —> https://drewbinsky.com/north-korea-not-expected-heres/ or visit Koryo Tours
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Posted by Drew Binsky on Tuesday, August 8, 2017