38 Facts About Life In North Korea

38 Facts About Life In North Korea

North Korea, independent since 1948, is not recognised by Japan and South Korea.


An American soldier ran across
the border to North Korea In
1962 and has been living there
ever since.


North Korea
is the world’s only nation
to currently have a
US Navy ship captured.

In this Sunday, April 15, 2012 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed by the Korea News Service on April 16, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledges cheers during a mass military parade in Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the centenary of the birth of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

It’s not 2013
in North Korea.
The year is 102
counted after
the birth of
Kim Il-sung.

North Korea is officially
not Communist
anymore. Since 2009
its ideology
is called “Juche”.


North Korea is the world’s only necrocracy: a government that still operates under the rules of a former, dead leader.


is legal and is not
even classified as a
drug in North Korea.


North Korean archaeologists
announced the world in 2012
they “discovered” lair of the
ridden by legendary King
Tongmyung 2000 years ago.

North Korea has
51 “Social Categories”
ranked by their
loyalty to the regime.

In the 50s, North Korea
built Kijong-dong,
a “nice” city visible
from the border,
to encourage South
Koreans in.

It’s actually

a ghost city.


North Koreans
may only choose from
28 approved haircuts.

Kim II-Sung, founder of North Korea, was born on the day the Titanic sank.


In the last 60 years, over 23,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Only two South Koreans have gone to the North.

In 1974, Kim Il-sung took 1,000 Volvo sedans from Sweden to North Korea and never paid for them.

North Koreans watched the 2014 World Cup on a 24-hour delay.


North Korea has its own operating system called Red Star OS.


In 2013, North Korea’s president killed his own uncle by throwing him naked into a cage with 120 starving dogs.


Possessing Bibles, watching South Korean movies and distributing pornography may be punished with death in North Korea.


In North Korea, only military and government officials can own motor vehicles.


North Korea’s space agency is called “NADA”, which in Spanish means “nothing.”


Wearing jeans is illegal in North Korea.


North Korea holds elections every 5 years in which the ballots list only one candidate.

12,710 people
have immigrated
to North Korea
since 1990.

North Korea is outsourcing its forced labor camps to work in Siberia.

From series: North Korea - A Life between Propaganda and Reality. It is April 2013. While the Western media follows Kim Jong-Un’s steps during his missile test launches, I travel 2,500 kilometres through the North Korean interior. Once arrived, the images I know from my advance research correspond with the scenes my guides proudly show me during their propaganda tour. But seeing these scenes with my own eyes, I gradually discover that behind everything they present to me, a different reality is hidden. While I listen to my guides talking about what invaluable contributions the greatly admired leaders made to their country, I drive through a landscape that looks haggard and desolate. During my journey I collect propaganda material and take photographs of the reality I encounter. This material is the basis for my multimedia project 'North Korea, a Life between Propaganda and Reality'. With the found propaganda images and my own photographs I compose a story that deconstructs the North Korean propaganda.

In 1953, a North Korean fighter pilot defected to South Korea with his MiG-15 and was rewarded with US$100,000 by the U.S.


North Korea uses a fax machine to send threats to South Korea.


There’s an organization that parachutes copies of the Bible into North Korea.


According to a textbook in North Korea, Kim Jong Un learned to drive at age 3.


In North Korea, people don’t celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17, since those are the dates that Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il died.


An execution was staged there in the late 1990s
North Korea hosts the
World’s Largest Stadium
seating 150,000 people.


Cuba was caught sending Weapons to North Korea in 2013.


Sympathizing with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, is an illegal act in South Korea. Even blogging can land you in jail.


A defector used balloons to air drop thousands of copies of the film “The Interview” into North Korea.


The ‘de-militarized’ zone between North and South Korea is the world’s most militarized zone.


For 20 years, the World’s
Tallest Hotel
was a 105-story empty pyramid in Pyongyang.


When a single anti Kim Jong Il graffiti was found in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2011, they locked down the entire city for 3 days.


The Chollima, a mythical winged horse, is the national animal of North Korea.


In 1978, North Korea kidnapped two famous South Korean filmmakers, a director and a leading actress, and forced them to work on propaganda films.

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  1. romeo kim jong un of south korea

    nice information

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