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My life in North Korea vs South Korea

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One year ago I went on a strictly guided 7 day-tour in North Korea where they took away my passport and did not allow me to explore anything on my own. North Korea was definitely the weirdest country I had ever visited and throughout that trip I kept wondering what life was like in the neighboring South Korea, because it used to be the same country just over 60 years ago.

To answer my questions, this year I traveled to South Korea and made this video, where I compare my time in the North and my time in the South. I still have a lot of questions about the whole situation, but one thing was clear - the daily lives of the Korean people couldn't be any more different than they are right now.

My favorite books about North Korea:

Dear Leader by Jang Jin Sung - http://amzn.to/2vEkrrE;
Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden - http://amzn.to/2vEz6U1;
Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick - http://amzn.to/2vzieiI;
1984 by George Orwell (I couldn't believe how similar some things in North Korea felt to the ones in the book) - http://amzn.to/2vE92s8.

Videos about North Korea:

My Daily Life In North Korea (my video from North Korea): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMoSyk0rK9s
10 Days in North Korea Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xs--To414I
Escape From North Korea TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdxPCeWw75k

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I want to thank my friends Donghyuk Shin, Vytautas Jašauskas, Urtė Laukaitytė and Leeann Roybal-Shin for their continuous support and helping making this video. I could not have done it without them!

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Ukulayla . 2019-05-23
I couldn't stop smiling with the teacher dancing! That's so wholesome! :)
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조이 . 2019-05-23
잘보고갑니다..왠지 너무 슬프네요...
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Adetutu Ajenifuja . 2019-05-23
Who wants to sponsor my south Korea trip..... I love korea
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Hiba Raja . 2019-05-23
Can y'all imagine what would happen to Logan Paul if he visited North Korea? 💀
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2000annielin . 2019-05-23
9:30 even those kids r so sad as well 😭😭
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Jade Raé . 2019-05-23
9:18 broke my heart.. Those kids did not even smile.. They live in a society that is literally based around celebrating their "beloved leader and shining star".. I am disgusted.
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Laurka SkyTiMber . 2019-05-22
Kickball?
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sawyergal . 2019-05-22
Hey, "baseball with a football" is called kickball.
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Paranoid Nature . 2019-05-22
huge respect for north korea- fuck the west
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Arshaluys Tigranyan . 2019-05-22
Imagine how many South Koreans watched about North Korea in YouTube just because they're not allowed to visit each other. And how many South Koreans pray to God everyday for the freedom of their North Koreans. They all are Koreans there should not be any South or North Koreans. How sad. Imagine if you were in their place...
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jack mccall . 2019-05-22
That poor guy that visited North Korea and was arrested. Imagine what he went through, all for something so silly. That deadset breaks my heart, we just left him there to suffer
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Exciter - Pubg Mobile . 2019-05-22
Love ❤️ From North Korea 🇰🇵
Ohh FUCK
Police Is Here !!
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Spicy. . 2019-05-22
4:24 I’m sorry but I think you mean kick ball
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mss_ . 2019-05-22
Tanta diferença. Minha mãe já assistiu uma reportagem inteira sobre a Coreia do Sul e ela ainda diz que k-pop é da Coreia do Norte....... O pior é que ela sabe das coisas horríveis que acontecem lá, mas ok, o preconceito de dizer "ah mas é tudo igual" fala mais forte né
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João Jorge SM . 2019-05-21
What a beautiful video, such an amazing comparison, you do have talent, love from Brazil 🇧🇷
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Pinky Diengdoh . 2019-05-21
There is something very contagious about ur laughter 😍😍
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Federick Dagle Patag . 2019-05-21
One of the best videos in YouTube
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Michelle Enderink . 2019-05-20
pause at 7:19. You had one job and you f*ck it up. The white line. seriously...
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Aeman 25 . 2019-05-20
Those kids in North korea are gonna live with lies about kim ;(
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성또이 . 2019-05-20
한국 사람들은 관심이 많지 않으면 북한에 대해 잘 몰라요. 정치적인 이슈 말고, 문화와 삶에 대해서요. 간접적으로 보여주셔서 감사합니다. 더 알고싶어요. 언젠간 통일이 되어야 할텐데 말이죠.
South Koreans don't know much about North Korea unless they are very interested. It's not about politics, it's about culture and life. Thank you for showing me indirectly. I want to know more. One day, it's going to be unified.
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Cinthia Tisha . 2019-05-20
I'm goin to south Korea after 2 years 😘
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pcyder zue . 2019-05-20
Those kids didn't smile and it hurts my heart. I was waiting for their smile for the visitors, but none... 😢
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Taylor . 2019-05-20
Why am I tearing up while watching this
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Deepali Derbere . 2019-05-20
Am I only one who cried seeing north side people life's it makes me so sad!!!! 💔
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raja raja . 2019-05-20
I love peace so probably iwould chose North Korea.i don't like overcrowded areas.
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raja raja . 2019-05-20
The first difference Ican see is hairstyle lol
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Ruman Shrestha . 2019-05-20
My only regret in life would be not being able to live in such a developed country here in Nepal still feels like stone age compared to the modern technologies available in the world
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진우TV . 2019-05-20
I have just uploaded a video about North Korea. If you want to know how South Koreans and Korean-Americans think about the north, it will help you. https://youtu.be/1vmtutGnFc8
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Spicy Kim_Kimchi . 2019-05-20
North Korea is always a dangerous place where I do not want to go there, because I want to go South Korea, which is safe place to travel and not too dangerous cities. I love South Korea than North Korea.
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Abdullah Rizwan . 2019-05-19
Much love from Pakistan!!
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Bang Finger . 2019-05-19
Thank you
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마요네즈 . 2019-05-19
Goo Ma War Yo!
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마요네즈 . 2019-05-19
North Korea= South Korea in the 1970s.
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Nick . 2019-05-19
They just chilling in s. Korea
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Grease quala . 2019-05-19
ask this question to your country US and Russia. They have divided not only Korea also Germany. They completely fucked up Eastern Germany. Even after unity, the eastern part is still suffering, but it's improving from the help of the federal government. I think the Korean part did not have that opportunity to united with the South Korean part.
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bella J . 2019-05-18
영상 고퀄이다..
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Ahmed Nabeel . 2019-05-18
My next trip is going to be South Korea LOVE FROM PAKISTAN
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An Actual Table . 2019-05-18
"my life in north Korea" bitch you were there for a week
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Gabs . 2019-05-18
4:30 it’s called kickball dude
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머유우 . 2019-05-18
i'm korean. thank your video. but The difference between Korea and North Korea has been a long time ago.
For example, England and Scotland.
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Manon Vaillant . 2019-05-18
Wow.. I just want to say THANK YOU. It was one of the best videos I've ever seen about SK. You share your thoughts and discovered the country like I want to do so. I cried and laugh with you all along. I'm really sensitive about the situation between South and North Korea and I find you really did a good job on it.
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Joe Tintin . 2019-05-18
6:41 Don’t do that because a sign could hit you and also don’t expose your friends story unless your 100000% sure the North Koreans can’t get him back.
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natalie l . 2019-05-18
you are kinda beautiful..??.btw i am a Korean girl
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Josh . 2019-05-18
Playing baseball with a football... I thought everyone played kickball
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feng lei . 2019-05-18
China is going similar to NK
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Funky BigAss . 2019-05-18
This video makes me think about a lot of things.
On the same condition, living a totally different life.
How sad is this?
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RACHEL ANNE GALVE . 2019-05-18
That smile😄
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gika ka . 2019-05-18
퀄리티가 장난아니네요 도저히 개인이 제작했다고는 볼수 없을 만큼 훌륭했습니다 한국어라 무슨말인지 모르겠지만 감사합니다
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Min Shin . 2019-05-18
Thank you so much for making this video. I hope South Korea keeps this freedom forever.
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мухаммад юсуф алий . 2019-05-18
i love supreme leader kim 🇰🇵
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