December 04, 2021

Culture

Information related to the North Korean culture and culture in North Korea

North Korea opens up about ‘law-breaking’ youth in bid to inspire loyalty

North Korea opens up about ‘law-breaking’ youth in bid to inspire loyalty

Stories of young men who met Kim Jong Un and found ‘new path’ in life aired in detail on state TV

North Korea opens up about ‘law-breaking’ youth in bid to inspire loyalty
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko November 18, 2021
A diplomat’s life: Pyongyang meals for diners with adventurous palates

A diplomat’s life: Pyongyang meals for diners with adventurous palates

From Korean hot pot to sturgeon blood, the DPRK capital has a range of restaurant options beyond just burgers and pizza

A diplomat’s life: Pyongyang meals for diners with adventurous palates
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby November 17, 2021
Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea

Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea

Outdated infrastructure means travel is slow, but trains offer a unique chance to see the country and meet real Koreans

Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson November 15, 2021
North Koreans gather in capital for big ideology conference this week

North Koreans gather in capital for big ideology conference this week

Kim Jong Un, missing for over a month, may attend or send instructions to 'Three Revolutions' event

North Koreans gather in capital for big ideology conference this week
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko November 15, 2021
Why North Korea won’t hold its ‘mass games’ spectacle this year

Why North Korea won’t hold its ‘mass games’ spectacle this year

Massive propaganda show's first year off since 2017 may be due to political or economic trouble

Why North Korea won’t hold its ‘mass games’ spectacle this year
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko November 13, 2021
Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South

Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South

While aimed at discouraging defection, a pair of DPRK films counterproductively exaggerates South Korea’s wealth

Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 12, 2021
The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership

The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership

Joining the ruling WPK in North Korea is the surest, and in many cases only, path towards social mobility

The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 11, 2021
North Korea promotes amateur golf scene amid severe economic downturn

North Korea promotes amateur golf scene amid severe economic downturn

Golfing is out of reach for many North Koreans, but money and connections can get one on the course, expert says

North Korea promotes amateur golf scene amid severe economic downturn
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko November 10, 2021
A diplomat’s life: Dining on pizza and ‘meat in bread’ in Pyongyang restaurants

A diplomat’s life: Dining on pizza and ‘meat in bread’ in Pyongyang restaurants

A handful of specialty eateries serve international fare, but many locals stick to kimchi and Korean classics

A diplomat’s life: Dining on pizza and ‘meat in bread’ in Pyongyang restaurants
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby November 10, 2021
Window on the world: How global expos encourage engagement with North Korea

Window on the world: How global expos encourage engagement with North Korea

Global expos promote cultural exchange and people-to-people contact, and provide paths to dialogue post-COVID

Window on the world: How global expos encourage engagement with North Korea
Matt Abbott
Matt Abbott November 5, 2021