Thursday, September 11, 2014
Welcome to North Korea
The Welcoming Face of North Korea is a multi-media interactive documentary exploring tourism in one of the most difficult to visit countries in the world.
The site uses parallax scrolling, video, photographs and maps to take you on a journey through North Korea from the perspective of a tourist on an organised group tour to the country. The interactive documentary is a fascinating insight into the stage-managed experience of tourism in North Korea and includes some great multi-media content of the places visited on the tour.
As you progress through the tour a map occasionally appears with an animated line showing the progress of the tourism group as it travels through the country. In the capital, Pyongyang, a map icon also appears on the screen. If you click in the map icon a Google Map slides into view, which highlights the places visited in the city and also provides links to Wikipedia articles of the mapped locations.
The Welcoming Face of North Korea is a wonderful example of the possibilities of this new form of parallax scrolling interactive documentary. It also provides an interesting insight into the stage-managed experience of tourism in North Korea.