Guns, grenades and rockets at North Korea flower show
PYONGYANG (AFP) - It's a long way from your average flower show, with mock missiles bristling behind the begonias, and garden gnome-sized troops lobbing grenades over a bed of orchids.
But then, as the North Korean staff inside the cavernous bloom-decked exhibition hall in Pyongyang are quick to point out, these are far from average flowers.
The red begonias are actually Kimjongilia, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, while the orchids are Kimilsungia - after his father and the nation's founder Kim Il Sung.
"They are both beautiful and rare flowers named after the most famous men in the world," one English-speaking guide to the exhibition, Kim Chun Kyong, told AFP during a tour for invited foreign media on Friday.