Category: north korea

A satellite image of a newly built sports village which was…

A satellite image of a newly built sports village which was built on the bank of the Pothong River in Pyongyang.

The second Sunday of every month is Sports Day in North Korea,…

The second Sunday of every month is Sports Day in North Korea, with the first one of the year falling on Kim Jong Un’s January 8 birthday. Group running, mass rhythmic exercises, and other colorful sports activities were held throughout the country.

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.

The computerized control room of Huichon Power Station No. 2….

The computerized control room of Huichon Power Station No. 2. The largest damn in North Korea, it has recently established an integrated control system to manage water and organize power production in the most efficient way possible.

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.

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A waitress at the Sinpyong Rest Area along the Pyongyang-Wonsan…

A waitress at the Sinpyong Rest Area along the Pyongyang-Wonsan Tourist Motorway.

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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.

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