January 20, 2020

Real Life

How North Korean culture affects lives both in and beyond the DPRK

Ask a North Korean: what was life like on the construction sites at Samjiyon?

"It keeps me up at night when I think about those hungry children struggling in the cold"

Tae-il Shim January 20, 2020

Could South Koreans realistically go on "independent" tours of North Korea?

Tourism industry insiders say if appetite emerges on North Korean side, necessary changes would be relatively limited

Chad O'Carroll January 16, 2020

Kim Jong Un turns 36, but North Korea is conspicuously silent about the big day

Eight years into his rule, the DPRK is yet to officially confirm the leader's date of birth

Oliver Hotham January 7, 2020

Ask a North Korean: what does the leader's New Year's speech mean to you?

"No North Korean is looking forward to the New Year’s speech"

In-hua Kim | Tae-il Shim January 3, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how do you feel about the UN ban on overseas workers?

"I couldn't help but sigh at the news that North Korean overseas workers were being sent back to North Korea"

In-hua Kim December 23, 2019

Ask a North Korean: why do people decide to leave North Korea?

"The majority of those that decide to leave do so because they're disenchanted by the current political situation"

Tae-il Shim December 16, 2019

Ask a North Korean: is North Korea environmentally-friendly?

"'Nature' in North Korea is so bleak I am ashamed to even call it that."

In-hua Kim December 3, 2019

New money: life among Pyongyang's burgeoning middle class, in photos

New pictures reveal some of the perks of DPRK city life — and stark inequalities between the haves and have-nots

NK News November 28, 2019

Ask a North Korean: do forced abortions really take place in the DPRK?

"Koreans are not supposed to bear the children of foreigners, and this rule is strictly enforced"

In-hua Kim November 13, 2019

Ask a North Korean: How much do Pyongyangites know about the outside world?

"People from outside of Pyongyang, at least those in my hometown, are often more up-to-date on outside news"

Tae-il Shim November 5, 2019
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