February 25, 2024
Investigation

Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia

Sanctions or COVID controls have led to decline in eateries accused of supporting DPRK state, though many remain

The number of North Korean restaurants operating in Southeast Asia has dwindled in recent years, NK News has found, as U.N. sanctions, pandemic restrictions or a combination of both have apparently forced the businesses to shutter.

But photos taken by NK News also show that there were still several DPRK eateries in Laos and Vietnam as of earlier this year, though in some cases they appear to have curtailed their operations or made efforts to conceal their ties to Pyongyang.