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Cancel Your Holiday Plans, North Korea Looks Pretty Cool From The Air

Cancel Your Holiday Plans, North Korea Looks Pretty Cool From The Air

Because the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is so divorced from the outside world, there is only so much information available about the elusive country.

But Singaporean pilot Aram Pan was allowed to film Pyongyang, the capital city - an act that isn't often permitted - and the footage he captured was absolutely incredible.

Pan said: "It's a rare treat that a foreigner is allowed photography and filming over the skies of North Korea and even rarer to be doing so in a Piper Matrix PA-46 Light Plane."

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It's a part of the DPRK360 project on Facebook, which 'aims to showcase the many aspects of DPRK'.

The site adds: "This project will not address any political issues that may be sensitive. The purpose of this project is to encourage understanding of the country and uncover the mysteries that lay hidden. Through better understanding, fear can be removed and friendships can be made."

It's not the first view of the city or country that shows it isn't as terrible as some make it out to be. In May last year, travel blogger Drew Binksy, was surprised by the side of North Korea that he got to see during a tour.

Credit: Facebook/Drew Binsky
Credit: Facebook/Drew Binsky
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He says the hotel he stayed in was fairly modern and gave impressive views of the city.

Drew visited monuments, the main square of Pyongyang, took the metro (which ranks among the deepest underground transport systems in the world at 110 metres below ground level), ate at restaurants, and even sang karaoke.

Credit: Facebook/Drew Binsky
Credit: Facebook/Drew Binsky

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Essentially it was like any other holiday. But while it was incredibly scripted and organised, Drew says it was his conversations with the locals which provided the best insight.

He said: "From what I saw with my own eyes, Pyongyang is actually a pretty chill place and not what I expected to see. Kids go to school and make jokes with their friends, adults ride their bikes or take the metro to work, they even have taxis on the streets.

"It's important to realise that everyone has hopes and dreams, just like you and me, and family time is important to them. People are people."

Back in April, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-In held groundbreaking talks to end the ongoing standoff between the two countries of the Korean Peninsula.

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The historic talks were aimed at creating a lasting peace between the two countries and could also see the denuclearisation of North Korea.

President Moon Jae-In said: "Chairman Kim and I agree and confirmed that our goal is the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

"We are going to end the Cold war regime and we are going to build a permanent system of peace."

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Kim Jong Un created history on the day as he crossed the border between his country and South Korea. He did so hand in hand with his counterpart in the South in a show of unity the likes of which have not been seen since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

Sources: CNN

Featured Image Credit: Storyful

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.