February 25, 2024

Inside Hanawon, where North Koreans learn the capitalist way of life

In first press visit to the center in three years, NK News toured the controversial "House of Unity"

South Korea’s principal center for indoctrinating and training North Korean defectors into the ways of life in the South offers a startling contrast to the outcry on the streets of Seoul and elsewhere against President Park Geun-hye and her closest advisers.

At Hanawon, meaning “House of Unity,” a campus-like cluster of brick and concrete buildings nestled on a hillside 80 kilometers south of the South Korean capital, defectors get lessons not only in how to manage a bank account and find jobs, but also in democracy and capitalism.