Respone to “20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea”

In class this week we were asked to read about a couple of tourists who were allowed to enter North Korea. So, I decided to look up another post about tourism in North Korea, and what I found in the second article was just as weird as the first.  After reading both I came to a couple of pretty interesting conclusions. The North Korean government has their people brainwashed. The first article that we read in class talks about a trip on or around January of 2013, and the second article I read happened in 2014.  In both accounts they say that the North Korean tour guides would say lies to the tourists faces, like calling a captain a colonel. To most, this probably seems insignificant, but it is not. The fact that they these tour guides, people whom one thinks that they could trust, are spewing lies like it is nobodies business is a little disturbing. On a bigger scale, when some tourists were taken to historical places, they experienced war videos that told of different accounts than that of the truth. Or they would say that the United States is prepared to attack North Korea, and that North Korea is the best place to be on earth and that every other country envies them. I’m not sure about you, but I would not want to live in a country with so many oppressions. This to me shows that there is definitely something that North Korea is trying to hide. Now, what that is, I am most certainly not sure. But, I did read that they spend quite a bit on their nuclear war technology, so I decided to look up exactly how much, and i was astonished. For a country about the size of Pennsylvania, they spend 700 million dollars annually on nuclear weapons. What would a country so small, need to spend that much money on nuclear technology for? Anyone’s guess is as good as mine, but i think that their government sees an impending war with the United States sometime in the future, so they are stockpiling as many nuclear weapons as possible. Something else i also thought was interesting was that in “Sophie in North Korea”, their trip coincided with Kim Jung Un’s birthday. Not only that, but when they asked what their leaders age was, they were met with a response, “Koreans keep track of age differently.” In 20 Things I Learned.. he realized that it was not a good question to ask, but realized that the Korean people were probably just upset that they do not know the exact date of his birth, and that is why they are not eager to answer that question truthfully. But, in all honesty, if they told me he was 35 I am not sure that i would fully believe them. I also found it funny, that the Korean government tells their people that when Kim Jung Il was born, that it turned from winter to spring, which is completely bogus. They tell their people so many lies that i believe that North Koreans are completely brainwashed in every way fathomable.


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