March 21, 2023

Dangerous myths: why North Korean culture idolizes the Koguryo period

DPRK-made cartoons often distort historical reality and perpetuate nationalist falsehoods

While Western fans were impatiently waiting for the release of new episodes of “Games of Thrones," North Korean audiences were waiting for their own shows.

Among them were new episodes of the lengthy children’s cartoon series “Boy General” and “Kochumong,” both set in the long-gone days of the Koguryo kingdom, which existed in the northern part of Korea in the first millennium AD.