Contained in the ‘kitsch and psychedelic’ motels in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang
The amazing new book opens the doors to some of North Korea’s iceberg hotels – complete with neon karaoke rooms, round restaurants and stickers.
The book provides an intriguing and intriguing glimpse into the high moral standards that some visitors are allowed to enjoy in Kim Jong-un’s secret society.
For author James Scullin, who has visited the dictatorial government eight times, hotels have always been successful in his travels because they give him the opportunity to meet people in a relaxed, often, casual, environment.
“The world is now more united than ever before. There are few places you can go that have a bespoke culture and look and feel, ”he said.
Pyongyang Hotels – Scullin writer and photographer Nicole Reed – offers readers some of the most beautiful and classical accommodations in the world.
The two spent five days together in the developed city filming 11 hotels and people working on their walls.
Scullin of Melbourne was able to use his links as a precautionary measure to secure visas and government permits to visit the current visitor center.
“I decided to make hotels as a hub for the project because access to hotels is not a political issue… meaning the project was possible without red flags,” he said.
He revealed that one of his favorite places was the music rooms at the amazing Koryo Hotel.
“It’s very kitsch and psychedelic. It has three floor layers and each wall is lined with different paper,” he told MailOnline Travel.
“It has ceiling-hanging beads, which bring out the 70s vibe, while the front-facing chairs at the bar look like something from The Jetsons.
“It is interesting to note that someone made this room illegally without going to the other side or having met other countries than North Korea.
“I wanted to book these hotels on my own, as well as book hotels in Pyongyang that cater to foreigners.”
The hotels have five-star accommodations and the pools were “almost everywhere” but there was no place to use them and Wi-Fi was a necessity.
And while all the hotels in the country are state-owned, each prides itself on having its own unique style.
“Nature is there all the time,” Scullin said. “In other words, these hotels are for someone to express their thoughts.”
In terms of clothing, style and street life, North Korea is similar.
“However, within these hotels, everyone has been given permission to book halls, auditoriums and music rooms in a special way.
“This is also evident for people who have not been affected by the rest of the world, meaning that many ornaments have no power.”
Scullin was living and working in Beijing when he first moved to North Korea as a guest in 2012.
“I have always been interested in the former Soviet Union. They have a lot of different cultures and decorations than we do in the west, ”he said.
Also, the fact that North Korea is independent makes it interesting to see how the country is living outside the world. ”
The article was published in The Sun and has been republished with permission