February 05, 2023

North Korean museum targets drug use, K-pop in campaign against social ills

Propaganda display also acknowledges ‘smuggling’ issue but relies on images of early-2000s tech

A North Korean museum is warning the public against drug use and foreign media consumption, images published in state media reveal, offering rare insights into the government’s approach to addressing such internal social issues after passing laws on the problems in recent years.

A photo published Monday in the Rodong Sinmun shows a recent visit by ordinary citizens to a government-run “class education” museum, where a guide stands in front of an exhibit that warns of “schemes to collapse our society by spreading reactionary ideological culture.”