Photographer's Note

This is Kijong-dong a North Korean propaganda village in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). The village supposedly shows the superiority of the North, although it is thought that no one actually lives there. At some point the governments of North and South began competeing to erect increasingly taller flag poles to display their respective flags. The South eventually gave up, leaving the North the "winners" who can now boast the world's tallest supported flagpole at 160m (525 ft). The fabric alone weighs 600 pounds unfortunately it was not flying at the time.

I find this picture very peculiar. Apart from some level and contrast adjustments, cropping, and minor color saturation, I haven't done any post processing, yet it turned out like a communist propaganda painting. I wonder if the North has more secrets we don't know about :-)

The photo was taken from the Southern side of the DMZ but I thought it'd be appropriate to post it under North Korea.

Comments and critiques, as usual, are welcome.

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Additional Photos by Mark Panszky (markoci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 91 N: 402] (3933)
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