April 21, 2021

North Korea replaces iconic newspaper stands with interactive touchscreen

North Koreans can now digitally read news as they wait for the train at one metro station in Pyongyang

North Korea’s ubiquitous standing newspaper displays, one of the most popular ways for locals to read the party-run Rodong Sinmun, have started to go digital: At the newly-renovated Kaeson metro station in Pyongyang, authorities have replaced the displays with an interactive touchscreen, a video posted on Chinese social media shows.

Passengers waiting for a train can now zoom in on current or former editions of the Rodong Sinmun or click on icons to view a selection of international, sports and sci-tech news from other state-run media outlets, according to a video posted on Weibo on Feb. 24.