Wandering Camera

North Korea (DPRK) - Nampkho - the Dam.
(Translated b
y Natalia)


The Nampkho city is situated 55 km far to the west from Pyongyang.
Also in these places there're some of the largest enterprises of Northern Korea - steel-smelting, machine-building.


As I written before, some roads in Korea (main roads and also avenues in the capital) have a huge width.

The one more thing is - that here, just like in Russia, it's allowed to stand at the roadside, to sell mushrooms and berries. Although officially it's forbidden. But, anyway…

The interesting fact - in Russia the local rivers usually have their names and the bridges have not. But here is the opposite situation.

There's a name of bridge aon the stone and also a date when it was built (1974). And the river is nameless.

Actually, not a capital bus. The back wheels seems to be taken from a lorry :)
This is not the rice, it's the evaporation of salt process.
Driving up to Nampkho.
It's not seen very well, but you can believe me, that there're lots of TV aerials on the roofs of the buildings.

I think, that in old buildings the collective TV aerials were not foreseed, so the inhabitants had to solve this problem by theirselves.

Talking about TV broadcasting, it's needed to say that usually only 1-2 channels are available. The repertoire is modest: local films, Chinese or soviet movies. The news are regular. It's curious, that there're no video subjects in the news. Usually the announcer reads something or the static photos are shown.

People carries different things, useful in household.

I've seen in Pyongyang the man, who carried a refrigerator (!) on the bike! Vertically! It has really impressed me! :)

The dam, 15 km far from Nampkho.

Built in 1981-1986.
The length - 8 km, also 3 sluises.

At the right - the Western Sea of Korea (the Yellow sea). At the left - the spread river Taedong (the same that flows through Pyongyang).

Actually, the dam also solves the problem of drinking water - as I understand, earlier the salt water from the sea mixed here with the fresh river water.

The general dam view. Makes a strong impression!
I always wanted to compare this dam with our undone Kronstadt dam. I see it almost every week - without any changes.

But it's not fair, because the dam in Nampkho is a main dam in the country, and the Kronstadt dam is local.

In the centre of the dam - a green island with an observant tower and a guest hall. There we've watched a film about building of a dam. It's style was very similar to soviet films about BAM building.
At the wall - a picture with the general view of a dam.
The way back…

The shed in the foreground - is the pump of irrigating system.




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