Welcome to the homepage and travel blog of Cyrus Kirkpatrick. I am an amateur photographer, media-maker, and writer. I have gone into the depths of North Korea and remote regions of southeast Asia. In addition, I also write about many lifestyle related topics. I have worked as a travel journalist, SEO content writer, and videogrspher. I live in Arizona and many places abroad.
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Pyongyang, the City of Secrets

Pyongyang, the City of Secrets

All photos were taken in April 2013 and are copyright to Cyrus Kirkpatrick, all rights reserved. Click on any image to expand it The spirit of Pyongyang (“city in the flat-land”) has endured for thousands of years, and despite being continually shattered by warfare, it always springs from the ashes in some unique way. The...
Interview With Cyrus Kirkpatrick on KVOA Channel 4

Interview With Cyrus Kirkpatrick on KVOA Channel 4

This current upload suffers from some problems. I was hoping KVOA would have better people scripting their website because I’m cut off toward the end in mid sentence! Nonetheless special thanks to Ryan at KVOA for making this really cool package about the North Korea trip that was featured this morning on Channel 4. If...
Select Images from the April 2013 North Korea Trip

Select Images from the April 2013 North Korea Trip

Presenting 15 (+1.. 16!) of the more interesting photos I pulled out of my huge archive of pictures from the 2013 North Korea trip. There’s a lot more pictures left to post, but these are just a few of the ones that seemed to jump out at me. Please wait while this page loads.  ...
CNN Features Our North Korea Group

CNN Features Our North Korea Group

Americans vacation in North Korea CNN caught up with three of the guys from our group in Beijing after returning from this year’s trip into the DPRK. Featured on the video are several of my buddies: Josh, Patrick and Joseph. The segment does a great job expressing our feelings about the trip and the contradictory...
Was Oprah Winfrey, Captain Picard and James Bond in North Korea?

Was Oprah Winfrey, Captain Picard and James Bond in North Korea?

Was Oprah Winfrey once in North Korea at the town of Nampo? Was she really hanging out with Patrick Stewart and “Bond”? Could “Bond” be Sir Sean Connery? That would be barrels of awesome. (Edit; Some have pointed out that “Bond” is “Bono” which makes more sense. The “o” is curved inward a little bit,...
Back from Incredible DPRK Expedition

Back from Incredible DPRK Expedition

Hot in the middle of the latest tensions, our group set sail for the secret country. Included in the crew was Captain Joe Ferris of an American in North Korea fame, Jordan Harbinger from The Art of Charm and Rebel Tribe Tours  and plenty of new faces as well. Everyone thought we were crazy to go into...
Back to North Korea This Week

Back to North Korea This Week

Next week I return to the mostly frigid conditions of Pyongyang and the regions around the infamous “Central City”. This trip is marked by political turmoil and what appears to be another extended winter, with freezing conditions at night and a chilled air in the daytime. Will the skies be gray and filled with a...
My Eternal Thailand Summer

My Eternal Thailand Summer

The humid, coastal / tropical conditions of the gulf of Thailand is beginning to get to me as I start to miss the lovely Arizona winter climate. Out here, it’s 85 fahrenheit every-day, and when I step outside my face drips with sweat. But, I also realize I am on the swan song of my...
My return to North Korea - Post Your Requests

My return to North Korea – Post Your Requests

As some may know, I am returning to North Korea in just over six weeks from the date of this post. It’s admittedly an unusual time to go, given their nuclear detonation this week. Some elements of the DPRK government remain completely outside the realm of logic and reason. I wonder how much the latest...

Faces of Pattaya 1

Pattaya, Thailand is an extremely unusual city, and thus contains a large amount of colorful characters. From bikers, to sex hungry professors ditching their wives in England, to people from across rural Thailand who are attempting to redefine themselves. I’ll try to do my best to represent some of these faces. If You Like This,...

Vice Photo Tour of the Playboy Mansion – Hahaha

This Vice.com trip into the Playboy mansion  is, like a lot of the site, cynical and pretentious. And also hilarious. For the record, my favorite type of journalism is that which involves going to a remarkable place and taking pictures of the bathroom. I am sure the Playboy mansion is a little bit more exciting...

Why Are These North Korean Soldiers So Happy?

Something has these North Korean army men jubilant as they perform what looks like some type of chicken dance. Suddenly, they seem a little bit less intimidating. Courtesy the North Korea Official Flickr Account. If You Like This, Please Click Sharing Links!