October 17, 2019
Songbun and the five castes of North Korea
Source indicates that social classification system has more classes – and criteria – than previously thought
The most important element in the social structure of Kim Il Sung's North Korea was the infamous songbun system. This system was established in the late 1950s and came into full power somewhere around 1967. It divides the population into groups, according to the actions and status of their paternal ancestor (and themselves, depending on their age) during the Japanese colonial period and the Korean