February 04, 2023

Culture

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

State media review: North Korean bakers rise to the occasion amid food shortages
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State media review: North Korean bakers rise to the occasion amid food shortages

An in-depth analysis of state efforts to change diets, low-key commemorations for Kim Jong Il, a new TV show and more

State media review: North Korean bakers rise to the occasion amid food shortages
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung December 22, 2022
North Korea introduces peculiar new double-decker bus in anti-taxi campaign

North Korea introduces peculiar new double-decker bus in anti-taxi campaign

Pyongyang factory overcame ‘shortages’ to build 11 buses under Kim Jong Un’s orders, state media says

North Korea introduces peculiar new double-decker bus in anti-taxi campaign
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 22, 2022
The camera can lie: How North Korean state media fakes photographs

The camera can lie: How North Korean state media fakes photographs

DPRK propagandists routinely edit and stage photos to doctor reality, often requiring a keen eye to reveal the truth

The camera can lie: How North Korean state media fakes photographs
Ángel García
Ángel García December 22, 2022
Pyongyang Chronicles: Why North Korean scholars love Shakespeare but hate Freud

Pyongyang Chronicles: Why North Korean scholars love Shakespeare but hate Freud

Professors at the DPRK’s top university are passionate and curious but face considerable obstacles in their work

Pyongyang Chronicles: Why North Korean scholars love Shakespeare but hate Freud
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley December 21, 2022
How Kim Jong Il’s death threw the North Korea tourism industry into flux

How Kim Jong Il’s death threw the North Korea tourism industry into flux

Even local guides didn’t seem to know what would happen as the country mourned leader’s passing 11 years ago this month

How Kim Jong Il’s death threw the North Korea tourism industry into flux
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson December 21, 2022
North Korean copy of South’s ‘fire chicken’ ramen shown at Pyongyang food fair

North Korean copy of South’s ‘fire chicken’ ramen shown at Pyongyang food fair

Noodles by Kyonghung Trading Company featured at expo in Pyongyang in sign that clones of ROK products remain available

North Korean copy of South’s ‘fire chicken’ ramen shown at Pyongyang food fair
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 20, 2022
Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions
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Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions

Textbooks depict Joseon-era Korea as a feudal society in need of revolution that nonetheless repelled foreign invaders

Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 16, 2022
State media review: North Koreans get an ideological education on Mount Paektu
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State media review: North Koreans get an ideological education on Mount Paektu

An in-depth analysis of youth trip to the ‘sacred’ mountain, remembrances for Kim Jong Il and the year’s top highlights

State media review: North Koreans get an ideological education on Mount Paektu
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung December 15, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How common are extramarital affairs?

Ask a North Korean: How common are extramarital affairs?

Strict rules that discourage divorce by party officials have the side effect of encouraging infidelity

Ask a North Korean: How common are extramarital affairs?
Joshua Kim
Joshua Kim December 15, 2022
The best North Korea books of 2022: A gift guide for the holiday season

The best North Korea books of 2022: A gift guide for the holiday season

Thrilling accounts of anti-regime activism and DPRK cybercrime join deep dives into history among the year’s top titles

The best North Korea books of 2022: A gift guide for the holiday season
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia December 13, 2022
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