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Observing North Korea

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Watching North Korea from the DMZ⠀ ⠀ The Dora Observatory (도라전망대) overlooks Kijŏng-dong, a Potemkin village built just on the northern side of the DMZ. The lights apparently go on and off by a timer and the sidewalks are swept by caretakers, but the village is otherwise empty. ⠀ ⠀ However, one can see the remains of a decade's-long rivalry between the north and south: the Panmunjom flagpole. For a time, the two competed for the title of the tallest flagpole in the world. The North's topped out at 160 meters, but was bested in 2010 by a flagpole in Azerbaijan.⠀ ⠀ It's not clear how or why the two sides cooled their tensions over the flagpole war, but it must certainly be easier to back away from some tweets than a pair of giant flagpoles.⠀ Taken with a Fujifilm GW690 III

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