Category: Socialism

The Koam-Tapchon Marine Railway Bridge was rec…

The Koam-Tapchon Marine Railway Bridge was recently completed in Kangwon Province. A large-scale fishing zone is currently being constructed in this area and the completion of the railway bridge will allow its construction to rapidly progress.

A woman walking past statues at Mansu Hill dep…

A woman walking past statues at Mansu Hill depicting different soldiers, workers, intellectuals, and farmers involved in the Korean liberation movement and socialist revolution. 

Bike-sharing stations have recently begun to a…

Bike-sharing stations have recently begun to appear in the central districts of Pyongyang. The stations, which are powered by solar energy, connect to North Korea’s national intranet and allow bikers to use e-payment cards to unlock and ride Ryomyong-brand bikes. Riders pay fees when they return their bike to any of the stations.

A Pyongyang traffic cop standing at attention….

A Pyongyang traffic cop standing at attention. Traffic lights are slowly replacing the famous traffic ladies at key intersections in Pyongyang as the electricity situation in the city has continued to stabilize.

Yangchunsamnok capsules, the North Korean vers…

Yangchunsamnok capsules, the North Korean version of “Viagra”, produced by the Yongyang Koryo Pharma Factory. They are known to be particularly efficacious as they contain sildenafil and the box instructs the consumer to only “take one or two capsule, 30 min to an hour before married life.”

Sunset in a farming village in South Pyongan p…

Sunset in a farming village in South Pyongan province, North Korea.

“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”

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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.

Kim Il Sung University opens its door wider to…

According to a recent report by the Choson Sinbo, a newspaper of the Tokyo-based organization of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents in Japan, Kim Il Sung University, North Korea’s most prestigious institution of higher learning, plans to admit foreign applicants who wish to major in various economics and social science studies, including philosophy, law and history, in addition to literature, which is already open to them, starting next year.

Foreign students are currently allowed to study the Korean language at Kim Il Sung University for four years, if they pass its entrance exam after completing a one-year preliminary course at Kim Hyong Jik University of Education.

North Korea’s most prestigious institution of higher education opened its doors to foreign students since as early as 1954, but to date, it has restricted their major studies to the Korean language. At present, Kim Il Sung University and Kim Hyong Jik University of Education are the only North Korean universities that admit foreign students.

More than one hundred students from 33 countries, including China, Russia, Vietnam, France, Mongolia and Great Britain, are currently enrolled in Kim Il Sung University. The foreign students usually attend lectures on the Korean language, Korean history and North Korean society in the morning and go on a field trip to museums or exhibition halls in the afternoon.

Kim Il Sung University, founded in October 1946 in Pyongyang, is North Korea’s top university. Its graduates perform key roles in North Korea’s party and government organizations as well as in various other sectors of the country, including science, education and culture.

The university is currently alleged to have more than 12,000 students and about 5,500 faculty members in its 15 departments and more than 60 programs.

– The Institute for Far Eastern Studies