Category: korea

Pyongyang TV Tower with Ryomyong Street in the background….

Pyongyang TV Tower with Ryomyong Street in the background. Pyongyang TV Tower is a 150 metre free-standing concrete tower that broadcasts all four of North Korea’s TV channels.

Kim Jong Il at the 6th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea…

Kim Jong Il at the 6th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea in October 1980. At the congress, Kim Il Sung designated Kim Jong Il as his successor. This move was met with criticism by many socialist states in Eastern Europe because it was considered nepotist.

How is veganism perceived in North Korea?I’ve heard it’s not difficult for vegan tourists to find vegan meals but is there a local vegan community in Pyongyang?

Veganism is an unknown concept in North Korea and would be seen as a Western bourgeois trend. Korean cuisine often has fish or meat-based broths and sauces. For example, kimchi, a staple of Korean cuisine, is generally made with fish sauce and sometimes shrimp or squid. However, there is traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine which can be found at various temples throughout the country. This is extremely healthy, although as stated above, there is a chance that some of the food will have fish-based ingredients.

“Lake Chon of Mount Paektu” by Gang Hyon Chol

“Lake Chon of Mount Paektu” by Gang Hyon Chol

Traditional Koryo royal court cuisine in Kaesong, North Korea.

Traditional Koryo royal court cuisine in Kaesong, North Korea.

Hwang Pyong-so, North Korea’s de facto number two, entering…

Hwang Pyong-so, North Korea’s de facto number two, entering South Korea flanked by two members of the Supreme Guard Command. Elite bodyguards, they regularly undergo 25-km marches in full combat gear, and must be able to hit a moving target 250m away after sprinting in a chemical weapons suit and mask.

Vintage photo of North Korean farmers in the 1980s.

Vintage photo of North Korean farmers in the 1980s.

Two women strolling outside Pyongyang Station. Fashion in North…

Two women strolling outside Pyongyang Station. Fashion in North Korea has become much more liberal and trendy over the past couple of years, with many women mimicking the style of Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju.

“A Worker” by Choe Chang-Ho

“A Worker” by Choe Chang-Ho

Dancing parties for university students were held in various…

Dancing parties for university students were held in various parts of North Korea on June 19 to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s promotion into the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.