Five Kiwis motorcycle through North Korea, film their experience

A group of five Kiwi motorcyclists have managed to persuade the government of North Korea to let them ride from the north of the country all the way through to the south. To boot they were also able to film their entire experience.

Entering the country from the Russian border, the flock of Kiwis journeyed south to the capital Pyongyang via Mount Paektu and thence out to South Korea via the demilitarised zone.

Given that the group was given official sanction from the usually secretive and restrictive government of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) it’s natural that they were shown only the best bits of North Korea, including a very obviously staged scene at a beach.

As with all tourists in North Korea the Kiwi contingent was chaperoned throughout their entire journey. Indeed they were treated to an official police escort for most of their travels, which came in handy on more than occasion when roads became impassable.

Propaganda value for the North Korean government aside, it is an interesting look inside the world’s most secretive country.

If you want a more detailed look at the harsh daily life suffered by most North Koreans, check out the excellent Secret State of North Korea documentary by America’s PBS.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]