Life In North Korea Vs South Korea: My Visual Comparison After Visiting Them Both

2년 전

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I've been traveling the world for the past 4.5 years, during which time I grew my YouTube channel to over 245,000 subscribers and my Instagram account to 22,500 followers.

I joined Steemit 6 months ago, made my first introductory post and then got too busy with life to keep on posting.

However, my good friends @timsaid, @thelifeofjord and @christopherdodd have been having tons of fun creating content on Steemit and I thought I should go for it too.

So without further ado, here's a post about my my life in North Korea vs. South Korea that includes two of my most viral videos on YouTube. Let's go!

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One year ago I went on a strictly guided 7-day tour in North Korea, where they took away my passport and didn't allow me to explore anything on my own.

After that trip I made a video on YouTube that went completely viral with 9,637,831 views at the time of writing.

Check it out here:

North Korea was definitely the weirdest country I had ever visited and during my time there I kept wondering what life was like in the neighboring South Korea, which used to be exactly the same country just over 60 years ago!

That's why at the end of that trip I promised myself to visit South Korea this year so that I could compare my experiences in both of those countries.

Those pairs of pictures you'll see below show the differences of life in both Koreas - first one stands for South, and the second stands for North.

Free Time

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In South Korea a lot of people spent their time having picnics with their friends and families, whereas in North Korea they would practice for all the various parades happening in the country every year.

Youth

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In South Korea the youth wore clothes of various bright colors and expressed themselves in any way they wanted to, whereas in the North everyone wore similar clothes usually in dark or gray colors.

Parking Lot

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In South Korea most people could afford to buy cars and that's why there were millions of them, however in the North having a car was a great privilege that only the richest people could afford.

University

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In South Korea the Universities that I visited had all the newest amenities the students needed, whereas the one University my guides allowed me to visit in the North felt like the early 20th century, not the 21st.

Train Station

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In South Korea they had some of the fastest bullet trains in the world, however in the North the trains definitely weren't as advanced.

Once I came back from South Korea, I made another video on YouTube, during which I compared my life in both of the two Koreas. This video also did quite well and has 8,133,839 views at the time of writing.

Check it out here:

Thank you very much for reading the post, I really hope you enjoyed it!

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great comparison so well done, great job

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You are right life is short. Why we lose a second ?
You have experience in visiting south and north korea
Great post by your experience :)

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good

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Absolutely, bro! Can't wait for that to happen! :)

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Conquer that place north korea as well..haha..

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right bro @timsaid .......

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Very cool stuff. I like the side by side comparisons... highlights the differences much more dramatically. The phrase "digital nomad" is something I've only really heard over the last few months. I assume that's what you are, financing your travel with YouTube vids and subscribers and such. When I have some time, I'll check out the videos.

In any case, congrats! Sounds like you found the dream.

Nice comparison!

very very cool juxtaposition - i'd like to check out north korea some day

The video is really informative, and your pictures comparing South Korea with North is a great idea :)

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South Korea is technologically advanced country. full of opportunity. North Korea has huge potential. Hope they live together happily forever

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Time will tell!

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Like the wide range of comparisons you made on everyday life. Keep travelling and posting on Steemit!

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How did you go to N. Korea??
Even I've never been there and I'm S.Korean.
Anyways, I really enjoyed your post!


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i always dreaming to go to south Korea once..

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I have the same dream. I like Korean Language.


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The nation was recuperating from an enormous starvation in the 1990s which murdered between a couple of hundred thousand and three million individuals, as per gauges. Shockingly, things being what they are autocracies are fit for keeping up fundamental open transportation, probably in light of the fact that they like it when their kin make it to chip away at time.

Like the wide range of comparisons you made on everyday life. Keep travelling and posting on Steemit!
I think it is only differance of democracy and lack of democracy..

south korea is very progressive country I want to explore this country Thank you @ jacoblaukaitis for reminding my favourite dream destination.

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Thanks for the kind words, @zayan69!

I like north Korea thanks for sharing this video and welcome to steemit dear keep doing.

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I like both countries. I hope they live together happily

strange from your comparisons alone, I find that North Korea is the better country. That of course is ingnoring everything I already know about the country. This portrays South Korea as a bunch of lazy, consuming, polluting, people. Maybe not too far off?

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Hm... it's interesting that you say so, because most people, after having seen those comparisons, realize that it isn't cool to live in a country with very little freedom where only the top political figures in the country can afford to have a car, for example. But thanks for sharing!

My heart goes out to the North Koreans ... South Korea seems amazing, but the dichotomy between it and the North is insane! It is ironic that North Korea is much much worse than China.

very interesting your publication, hopefully with the new agreements everything change for south Korea and start to go

I am a South Korean. I watched your posting photos, read the article, and watched YouTube videos .... I felt the warmth of my heart and my tears flowed down. We will someday become a unified nation. Thank you very much for your good pictures, articles and YouTube videos.

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Fascinating! I knew this post would do well ;)

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Thanks a lot, @christopherdodd! Keep killing it on Steemit and Dtube, bro :)

So much of lucky us for not being born in north Korea.

@jacoblaukaitis, we have read many comparison but this seems most authentic and true, reality and far from drama

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Thanks a lot! Good to hear :)

I think it is only differance of democracy and lack of democracy

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I love to go to South Korea..............

great job."Life's short, why waste a second?".that is true..why waste a second..get understand of the life..good luck!

Very interesting display of life in two different worlds

@jacoblaukaitis, both country have only one difference, which is leadership...one have leadership great leadership & second one has Tanashah Leader.....What you think..?

well done bro, video is very intersting,
North korea is a worst one of country.

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We don't know much about North Korea.

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Awesome .... I will come
More information by post and tell me about. This

south korea is very progressive country I want to explore this country Thank you @ jacoblaukaitis for reminding my favourite dream destination.

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Thanks, @vish22i! Go for it whenever you have the chance :)

Very much informative and can say , you had great experience in a life.

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good job @ jacoblaukaitis such information about south korea is rarely shared

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Hi @jacoblaukaitis it's really amazing breathe stopping journey in North Korea, very superb presentation, photography, videos shooting and many other, I like your content and post, I followed and upvoted you. Thank you so much for sharing.

Loved your post..the life in north korea seems so rigid..hope they can live freely soon...

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May be North Koreans are used to the way they are living now

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Well let's just say it's no better than living in a jail I guess...

Quite an interesting contrast!

Crazy the difference a government can have on one's life....

@jacoblaukaitis welcome to Steemit. I can see why your post enjoyed so much views on YouTube.It's not going to be any different here on steemit.I wish I could upvote your post with as much voting weight as possible to get it to Trending because content like yours deserves to be way up there.Keep up the awesome work. I have Followed you so as not miss any of your awesome content. Cheers.

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Thanks a lot, @badmusgreene! You're the best :)

I watched your video a few months back ..Is it true that citizens can't go out of their country for tourism?

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Haha awesome to hear! Yes, it is true, unfortunately...

@jacoblaukaitis Thanks for such an imformative blog, you just make easy for us to plan Korea trip.keep posting such content blog more.

North Korea is a small, impoverished and isolated country; South Korea is wealthy and backed by the world's number one superpower.

Great bro

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I live in Seoul, Korea. Great to see you and your amazing postings. Yes. We have a long way to go together with North. Appreciated. C U often! ^^

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Thanksss! Super happy to hear that!

If north south unites they will do wonders

Really the difference is evident between the two countries, these communist regimes are a real backwardness for humanity, you can see how South Korea is more advanced, it is obvious that it has more progress, I think that the more colors and more diversity the better life is, that is clearly seen and we must promote what is best for everyone.

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I appreciate these photos; being in South Korea I can't even imagine a visit to the North. Thanks for sharing. :)

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It feels like I should feel sorry for the North Koreans, their lives look sad.

@jacoblaukaitis well this post got popular fast, welcome back to Steemit. From the looks of it you're going to succeed on here just as much as you have on other social media platforms :)
Awesome post by the way, really interesting. I look forward to reading more.

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we cannot change ur fate but we can change our future . North and South korean will definitely become good friends in future by leaving their past.good luck friend

awesome dude keep traveling.

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Glad to know that you are fond of traveling and made many comparisons between these two countries. I would like to know that which one of both countries you liked the most? I really appreciate your zeal about traveling.

Noth Korea what a cheerfull place!!. I would not like visit this communist country ever in my life!!

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Well... not very cheerful I'd say.

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Great post I would like to visit NK just to see it myself

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@jacoblaukaitis Your work is admiring bro......and your videos on youtube are good as well, keep it up......it helps lot of people like me who get information about various places and countries.......

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Food comparison between north and south.

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people democratic, and communism is two different theory.without democracy country can not developed. we can also see diffenences in your picture. freedom is the most important to devopment of country, in my idea.dont know it is write or worng?

I can tell you that your comparison is already flawed with you being restricted by what you saw in N. Korea but I appreciate that you are showing your experiences which is very important regardless and I appreciate so much for taking what footage you could and how amazing S Korea life is. Still, It's very important to remember there is a lot happening behind the curtains.

I recommend anyone to watch this video from Vice. It shows the eeriness and complete show for tourists. Here is an article from Newsweek showing a glimpse of what N Koreans that you don't get to see go through. That article would make a little more sense if you also knew that N Korean citizens have POOP QUOTAS. As in, they must have a certain amount of poop or go to their inhumane labor camps where they undergo many horrors.

Please check out the stories of escapees and other things that have gone on there, I just don't want people to get the wrong impression that this is how bad N Korea is because trust me, it will break the bar the more you dig in.

Great and very informative video....👍👍👍👍👍

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Undoubtedly, South Korea is more advanced than north Korea. They are neighbors but still north korea left behind. What is the reason behind this? Of course leadership. A great leader is enough to develop a country. A leader is like a head of body.
Thanks @jacoblaukaitis for your post. Good comparison.

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i wish that i will become a tourist after my graduation what do you think all about this

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What an adventure

Interesting post,thanks for share. I´ll be attentive to your next posts about your travels, I love it
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Good Work dude but its seems more like a documentary than vlog or travelling video.

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So biased post,
I saw nothing wrong in North Korea except the your #Say , #NorthKorea is great

And what do you want to say? Norths are more stupid than Souths? Or is all Kim's responability?
All your comparisions are well explainable when you have a look at the sanctions lists, you would wear gray as well if you couldn't import cloaths for example.
I don't like it, when people from the 1st world go after the 3rd, especially when their own government is at least for 50% responsible for the situation.
Here you find an overview of all sanction catalogs, details you find in the links, but there are severel hundred pages includig all aspects of of life: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctions_against_North_Korea

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Sanctions against North Korea
Sanctions against North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, have been imposed by a number of countries and international bodies. The current sanctions are largely concerned with North Korea's nuclear weapons program and were imposed after its first nuclear test in 2006.

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Life In North Korea Vs South Korea i feel real experience with your explanation and
which is your next country to traveling in future and when your going to post the next country visit life style

yes bro you are right @jacoblaukaitis in every expect of point south Korea is far better than north Korea. : ) south Korea is best in adopting technology in the world.

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Lot of things to learn about the nature of countries in the World. Good article.

Hi great post. Did you have any problems crossing the border to North Korea?
Nice to have you here on steemit. Looking forward to see more stuff !
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WELCOME . uh wow, i was always thinking about the difference between south and north Korea. i will have to pack my bags and go for a visit. thanks for sharing such content.

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Awesome! Thanks for comparison the North and South.

Very interesting your work. The differences between the two Koreas are so large people separated by political differences. In Venezuela, we are experiencing the differences every day.

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awesome trip i like it...

hi, jacoblaukaitis , when you go their allow the camera to take photo?

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Yeah, sometimes.

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Very good and useful post. You have studied a lot before writing. Each point is having meaning.

Great differenciation so well done,Great work.

Come to India and make a Post about North India and South India.. ;)

Nice Post, just read your post, can understand the difference between two of them.

Thank you for showing us your experience during the visit to these two Asian countries. There we can visualize the impact of the development models implemented by governments and their results. Very interesting post.

Wow I didn't even think you can get a visa into North Korea! Thanks for sharing this to the world!

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I love it.....CONTROLLED Tourism!
Those North Koreans leader love to control everything!

A few decades before, these two countries were actually one country, no one could imagine that they would become so different today.
Maybe this is the impermanence of the world.

@ jacoblaukaitis SO IN YOUR OPINNION WHICH COUNTRY IS BEST TO VISIT?

Que bueno tu post... eso es lo que hace una política errada, condenar a sus ciudadanos... incluso eso se refleja en las fotos... lo triste de una y lo alegre de otra...
How good is your post ... that's what makes a wrong policy, condemn its citizens ... even that is reflected in the photos ... the sad one and the happy in another ...

which country you like most.Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 4.11.39 PM.png
North Korea or South Korea?
Most important question... answer it very carefully :)

Very interesting post even for me. I'm Korean and was born in South Korea.
Thanks :-)

With all the comparison no doubt South Korea is a much better place to live.... Haven't been there but South Korea is one of my dream countries I intend visiting ....love their drama series.

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I agree. 😊

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NoKo or SoCo? That is the question.

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Bro thank you for bringing this comparison to us , you are frequent traveller , do visit South Korea again because it’s is very friendly country as explained by you

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I will definitely visit it in the future! Love being there.

Omg, good post!! the reality of many people's lives

Those neighboring countries are vastly different. It is a shame that one force is good and the other is filled with evil. One Day I hope to visit North Korea and get fed propaganda, but I fear I would be supporting their leaders.

I like to experience it also but , I have a doubt visiting North Korea I feel like once I go there I can't get out not because I enjoyed being there but because on how strict and weird that country is.

Really a good comparison...😂😂😂😂😂

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You must have had a great experience in those two different places, really interesting! I will be waiting for future publications.

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It would be interesting that you will continue publishing about tourist experiences from an integral point of view.

Dear friend, I express my congratulations for that great work I do, where you can see the consequences of two models of government and that can serve as an example for many, although it would be interesting to develop a socio-political and economic study of both nations to know in the core of the matter. Again, I congratulate you.

Many thanks to @jacoblaukaitis
it is a very informative post . really its very surprising that its totally inverted lifestyle at north and south Korea

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Highly interesting article (also watched your Youtube channel).....
already been in South Corea many years ago. Love the Landscapes..........

THX a bunch for that !

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I wish I can travel around the world...

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Thank youuuu! :)

Omg, This is so good!!!! Thanks for the sharing

VERY interesting insight and comparison of both countries here! It is very fascinating to learn from North Korea especially.

Can't wait for that to happen!

Who else didn't want to make trip around the world but dude there is a 'but'. Due to duties of life, pressure, lack of money most of the person's can't make it. But I love to read this post as you share a great trip experience to us coz I know that the life of Koreans are very bonded by their government rules. Thanks a lot.

Lots of knowledge north Korea in your post

What a tour. The program seems well curated but what they show and provide to foreign visitors feel very fabricated. Even as a viewer I felt really weird about all the picture perfect public lives they were having. It seems more like a set of shows they put on together. But wow. Damn. What an experience in NK. Youve done a great job with the video too.

Nice to see your post!Thank for your share! @lkvictor2005

But how did you manage to take photos and videos? I thought they don't allow it. or do they? is it an easy task to do?

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Ah ok, I got it.

North Korea is a small, impoverished and isolated country; South Korea is wealthy and backed by the world's number one superpower.

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we cant live in north korea bro how do they put that much of hard rules

Great post, it helps us to know those amazing places that we have not visited

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Thanks for sharing your experiences in both countries, as I cannot visit North Korea as who's from South Korea :)

So interesting! Thank u, such a great job!

Wow !! great comparison !! Very well written post with all the pictures and vids!! great job :) Even i have created my account 6 months back and just started posting 2-3 days back . Do check-it out as i am a newbie here :)

Thanks

Very interesting, thank you

Espero poder viajar por el mundo como tú algún día. Quedé super inspirada viendo todos tus videos en Youtube. Gracias!

Excellent video, it has taught me a lot. Sometimes it seems that the world was divided between rich and poor but when you approach each one and you know them we realize that in the end we are not so different. Wonderful vision and content.

Thank you!

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life is so different ... very well shown..!!!!

Life is freedom.. without it life has no meaning

yes life is very short so don't west time and if u can anything go for complete that goal for your future.


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Goes on to show the impact of ideologies and values that govern a nation.

Hi Jacob - just wanted to say that your content is so great! I learned a lot and admire how you well-explained the stories of the 2 countries. I'm a YT subscriber of you now! :) Excited to watch your other videos and read future contents. Great job, keep it up!

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Thanks a lot, @gatz17! Super cool to hear that :)

Whoa, that is one heck of a major vast difference between North and South Korea. I am not certain will I be able to have that opportunity like you do to see it with my very own eyes; but your video and your sharing definitely have paved a preview of most of it.

I like the dancing part of the trees (how they grow) and the flowers bloom haha.... Glad you were there and back safely!

Definitely will keep an eye on your account, and my! Look at the response from the videos here! Keep being fantastic!

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amazing .....! Great Job

Awesome places to visit I bet! I want to be a part time bitnomad as well one day, if I can become a crypto baby whale that is lol.

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Thanks for the good information. I will visit you often.
nice up vote :)

After reading the full article. I am wondering life in North Korea is so much difficult.

I guess you can't enter north korea again after that honest kind of view?

Did you take propaganda material as a souvenir from the north? ;)

I loooooved your pictures so much! I can really see the contrasts between them, even in the color temperature. What did you like best about visiting South Korea?

Wow, it was fascinating following your post

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Wow, good job

So interesting. As a South Korean, contents like this makes me all emotional! Thank you very much for your great post!

Wow!!!!! I love this!! Well packaged. I will love to explore the world someday like you do. I love life and will like to live it to the fullest because it's too short. I never knew this facts about North and South Korea not until I read your post. Keep up the good work @jacoblaukaits. Will be reading your posts more often. Very educative and informative. Thumbs up!

extraordinary examination so well done, awesome employment @jacoblaukaitis

Nice way of presenting the difference. I like your way of comparison, that now I want to visit both the countries.

Thank you so much for this post, I live right now in South Korea and I actually really wanted to see how it's in North Korea and not just want they said in the news. Really good made, thank you :D

I don't think people realize how amazing N. Korea is given the fact that the US and other countries have imposed crippling sanctions on them for over 50 years. What they have managed to build is nothing short of astounding.

Now, before people start talking trash about "dictator" this and "tyrant" that. Remember the countries the US supports and allies with. None of them are much better. In fact, I could ramble off a few that are far worse. I could also mention the fact that the US has more people jail, per capita, than N. Korea does. Stew on that for a bit. To be blunt, these sanctions have nothing to do with "helping" N. Korea's people or "spreading democracy". They are in place to enrich a select few and keep their power structures in tact.

What you have shown, is what the N. Koreans have been able to achieve despite all of this. I think they deserve far more credit than most folks give them. I think N. Korea looks amazing and wish to visit some day.

you are good at recognizing the difference of two nations.
very good posting !

Great post I love the comparisons and photos !

Do you believe that video is real?
I surprised so many people likes it.
Have you ever thought about why the NK have no internet?
Yes, there have just intranet which is only local use.
Whole NK people doesn't know what is internet.
Yeah, the video just kind of propaganda for NK.


It so sad many people just knows NK as like this video as just abstraction view not the detailed view what NK really is.

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Hello, Im Korean who live in South, and this is so interesting posting I've ever seen in Sreemit. Thank you for sharing your experience:)

Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences in both South and North Korea. I really hope the two Koreas, the only countries divided in the world, unite into one great nation in the not-too-distant future. Peace!