Category: north korea

Pizza from Hae Un Italian Restaurant in Pyon…

Pizza from Hae Un Italian Restaurant in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Newly designed Jindallae (Azalea) smartphone m…

Newly designed Jindallae (Azalea) smartphone manufactured by Mangyongdae IT Corporation. The locally produced smartphone can access the national intranet “Kwangmyong” to shop online, access news, and download music and movies. The phone has a quad-core CPU, 8 mp camera, and runs Android 4.4.2 OS.

What is the DPRK’s general stance on que…

What is the DPRK’s general stance on queer issues and the queer community?

LGBTQ issues such as homosexuality or being openly transgender are not explicitly illegal and there are no records of any anti-LGBTQ laws in the DPRK (North Korea), but the government does not support or allow LGBTQ people to be open about their sexuality. Generally, homosexuality is portrayed as vice practiced among Western capitalists, but the typical North Korean would likely be unaware of any sexual orientation other than heterosexuality due to the state’s tightly-controlled media and the limited sexual education available in school. Many defectors routinely state that they had no exposure to the idea of homosexuality or other LGBTQ related issues until arriving in South Korea or the West. However, LGBTQ relationships obviously do exist in the DPRK. Men and women are conscripted into military service for 10 and 5 years respectively and during this time homosexual affairs are quite common. Moreover, the Western-norms of masculinity and femininity are not present in the country. Therefore, close same-sex relationships between unmarried people are quite common and men/women holding hands with each other and showing physical affection towards each other is commonly seen throughout the DPRK – it’s just not conceived of in a sexual way, just as physical affection.

“I’ll build a good family and devote myself …

“I’ll build a good family and devote myself to things that make my country strong”

Rifle training conducted by Worker-Peasant R…

Rifle training conducted by Worker-Peasant Red Guards. The militia is organized on a provincial/town/city/village level and maintains infantry small arms, with some mortars, field guns, anti-aircraft guns, and even modernized older equipment such as multiple launch rocket systems. Its strength is estimated at 3.5 to 5 million personnel.

North Korean Adder Liquor. With a real snake…

North Korean Adder Liquor. With a real snake inside the bottle, it’s said to help men’s sexual stamina.

Pyongyang on the first day of 2018.

Pyongyang on the first day of 2018.

A large fireworks show was held along the Taed…

A large fireworks show was held along the Taedong River in Pyongyang to mark the start of 2018.

Unhasu restaurant and food stalls lining a s…

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

I've heard that there are some western fi…

I've heard that there are some western films that are permitted in North Korea, what would those be?

Yes, there are some Western/non-North Korean films that are legally available in North Korea. The vast majority are animated films such as the Disney classics, Pixar movies, etc because the government views these as relatively harmless entertainment targeted at children and North Korea has world-class animation capabilities. Non-political Russian, Chinese, and Indian films are also readily available at movie rental kiosks throughout North Korea. KCTV will also occasionally shows foreign films on the weekends for language education, and although not film-related, there is a dedicated sports channel that broadcasts re-runs of La Liga and Premiership football matches nationwide.