September 17, 2021

Memories of Pyongyang: How NK authorities can improve the capital

Six former and current residents say what they would change, if they could, about daily life in North Korea’s capital

As the largest city and center of government and political life of North Korea, Pyongyang is unlike anywhere else in the country. For one thing, compared to the rest of the country, people are relatively prosperous, and enjoy a quality of life not available to anyone else in the DPRK.

This is largely down to politics: Pyongyang is populated by members of the ruling elite and party members being rewarded for their loyalty to the state, with plush apartments, good schools and favorable healthcare services. As such, the city is built to accommodate them.