December 03, 2021

A diplomat’s life: The ephemeral beauty of concrete Pyongyang

North Korean builders are highly skilled, but erratic leadership priorities and few materials make for an unsafe skyline

The following article is the seventh in a multipart series by Taylor Darby, a pseudonym for a foreign diplomat that worked in Pyongyang for an extended period of time before being forced to leave in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Views expressed in columns are exclusively the author’s own and do not represent those of NK News.