North Korean Orphanage

We visited an orphanage when I was in North Korea.

We had been told beforehand we would be visiting and brought along pencils and pens as presents for the children.

The orphanage that is shown to foreigners is presumably a lot better than other orphanages in the country.  This orphanage receives donations from the Red Cross and on the outside the building reminded me of a Japanese kindergarten.  The children all looked well enough and put on a performance for us.

Outside the orphanage there was a colorful mural depicting animals at play.

Orphanage, North Korea

But if you look closer, what is the animal (fox?) on the left doing?


That’s right.  He’s videotaping.  Everyone is watched in North Korea.

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4 comments on “North Korean Orphanage
  1. Keren says:

    how were you able to go into North Korea?

  2. Aidan says:

    You can visit via guided tour.

  3. Tom says:

    Hi Aidan,
    Nice site. I appreciate your humor. I recently returned from a trip to N. Korea (Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour!)–fascinating place.

    I went to the same orphanage as you which I thought was sooo exploitative of the kids.

    I also had a photo of the mural outside the orphanage but I hadn’t noticed the video camera. I went back and looked at my photo and noticed there’s also a friendly military rabbit with a telescope or a high powered camera floating in the clouds above the kids. If you don’t have that portion of the photo, I could send it to you.


  4. Aidan says:

    Thanks Tom.
    North Korea is one of the most interesting places I’ve been. Such a strange place.
    I think most of the tours go to the same places. Did you go with Koryo?
    I didn’t notice the rabbit floating in the clouds, so that would be great if you sent me a copy.

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