February 21, 2024

Out of Steppe: North Korea’s crumbling former embassy in Tashkent

A trip to the former DPRK embassy in Uzbekistan reflects N. Korea's estrangement from former allies

Far out of the center of town, and well out of the mainstream of local affairs, the building which once housed the North Korean embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is surrounded by reminders of a different era.

The wide boulevard onto which the one-storey edifice faces is named after the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli. The building next-door, a hotel, is a monument to the distinctive shapes into which Soviet concrete was molded in Central Asia.