North Korea will be playing the Ivory Coast in the World Cup tomorrow, and with its harrowing loss to Brazil and its even more total defeat to Portual, it’s pretty sure that they won’t be going on to the semi-finals. So, to commemorate their exit (and because we know all of you who can’t make it to the Expo are interested in this) here’s a photo gallery of everything in the North Korea pavilion.
We’ve previously shown bits and pieces of the North Korean pavilion before (Journalist Adam Minter visited it before the crowds came and spotted a cute souvenir there), but this was the first time I got to see it for myself. Apparently I wasn’t the only one intensely interested in what the Hermit Kingdom had to offer, Foursquare recorded 32 check ins by mid-July, putting it at around the same level of popularity as the Canada Pavilion (for people who use 4sq).
When I went, there wasn’t any line, though that was mostly because the attendant on hand didn’t seem to care how many people were going through. The inside was quite filled, but everyone was mostly treating it as an in-take your picture-out exhibit.
One Chinese man to the left of me, while crossing the bridge that spans across a recreation of the Taedong River, remarked, “Oh! I thought it was just going to be a statue of Dear Leader.”
So did I (well, before I saw other people’s pictures). Turns out Dear Leader’s presence is actually quite understated. The first glimpse I was able to catch of him was in the tourist souvenir stand, where you could buy copies of his books for 60RMB.
For more about the North Korea Pavilion, check out its Expo website.