Category: korea

Unhasu restaurant and food stalls lining a s…

Unhasu restaurant and food stalls lining a street near Pyongyang Station.

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“Portrait of a Female Soldier” by Ji Jong Sik

“Portrait of a Female Soldier” by Ji Jong Sik

DVDs of North Korean domestic films. The most …

DVDs of North Korean domestic films. The most popular movies in North Korea are part of the Nation and Destiny series which was produced in 62 parts between 1992 – 2002. It aimed to show that Korean people can only live a meaningful life under Socialism and it was one of the first North Korean films to depict life in the West and South Korea.

First snow fall in Pyongyang for the winter of…

First snow fall in Pyongyang for the winter of 2017-18.

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