Exploring North Korea through Instagram | Research & Analysis | An Autoethnographic Study

Christiarne | UOW

This post is the second in a three part autoethnography series about my experiences of North Korea through the Instagram account of @Vickyinam. Part one of this series can be view here.

Hassig, R. & Oh, K. (2015) ‘Introduction: Land of Illusions’, The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom, Rowman & Littlefield, London, pp. 1-12.

“Tourism is an important source of income for the Kim regime, which charges premium prices for ordinary accommodation.”

  • Estimated one hundred thousands tourists taking group tours to North Korea each year, mostly Chinese.

“North Korean guides tell their charges what they can and cannot photograph, and it is forbidden to take photos from the windows of moving vehicles…”

Tour groups are taken to places that “represent North Korea’s official ideology but say nothing about the lives of ordinary citizens”

“Korea is all about models and monuments, not…

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