North Korean Pins From China 중국에서 만든 북조선 핀뱃지

Nothing draws the ire of the North Koreans more than seeing foreigners strut around with fake versions of their beloved leaders’ pins, especially when the pins are used in a disrespectful way. The pin on the left is an original leader’s pin, while the one on the right is a fake pin sold in Tumen City (图们市 도문시) souvenir shops in 2015.

경애하는 지도자가 그려진 모조품 핀뱃지를 외국인들이 갖고 다니는 것처럼 북조선 인민들의 분노를 불러일으키는 것은 없다. 특히 그 핀뱃지가 불경스럽게 다뤄질 때는 말할 것도 없다.왼쪽 핀뱃지는 오리지널인 반면, 오른쪽의 핀뱃지는 2015년도에 중국 도문시의 기념품가게에서 팔던 모조품이다.

DPRK’s National Emblem Explained by North Korea 북조선으로부터 듣는 조선민주주의 인민공화국 국장(國章)의 해설

The national emblem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea bears the design of a grand hydroelectric power station under Mt Paektu and the beaming light of a five-pointed red star, with ears of rice forming an oval frame, bound with a red ribbon bearing the inscription The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The emblem, instituted with the founding of the DPRK in September Juche 37 (1948), gives a graphic image of the country. The national emblem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea bears the design of a grand hydroelectric power station under Mt Paektu and the beaming light of a five-pointed red star, with ears of rice forming an oval frame, bound with a red ribbon bearing the inscription The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The emblem, instituted with the founding of the DPRK in September Juche 37 (1948), gives a graphic image of the country.

Mansudae Grand Monument 만수대대기념비

Nothing in North Korea is more iconic than the images of their leaders. The smiling faces of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il can be found in homes, schools, offices, factories and public spaces. They are a constant reminder for the local population that they owe everything to their beloved leaders.

Science and Technology Complex 과학기술전당

The Pyongyang Science and Technology Center, with its iconic atom-shaped building stands as the symbol of North Korea’s pursuit of scientific advancement. 평양 과학기술전당은 과학기술의 진보를 향한 북한의 염원을 상징하는 건축물로써, 원자구조의 외양을 자랑합니다.

Before Christ, Anno Domini

I came across this little educational poster in a North Korean school. It seems they used BC and AD to mark historical timelines instead of using BCE and CE.

Anti-US Posters

Anti-US war posters have long been the staple of North Korean culture and was ubiquitous across the country until 2018 when they were completely removed

Google Ads on DPRK 360

To date, 4 of my readers sent me messages regarding advertisements on my website. They felt that advertisements are a product of capitalism, are an eyesore, and that I should remove all advertising. While it is only a very small number that somehow felt irritated by Google Ads, I felt I should at least explain […]

Vehicle License Plates of North Korea

Through my travels around North Korea, I’ve observed several different types of vehicle license plates. The Korean prefix before the numbers all represent the province which the vehicle comes from. Naturally, the prefix you’ll see the most often is “평양” because it stands for Pyongyang and that’s the area with the largest automobile numbers. The license plates are differentiated by color with each color representing a different category.
제가 북한을 두루 여행하는 동안 관찰한 여러종류의 차량번호판에 대해 이야기해보겠습니다. 숫자 앞에 있는 조선어는 그 차량이 등록된 지역을 말합니다. 번호판에 ‘평양’이라는 글자를 가장 많이 볼수 있는데요, 그 이유는 평양이 가장 많은 차량이 등록된 곳이기 때문에 그렇습니다. 차량 번호판은 색상으로도 구분할수 있고, 각각의 색상으로 차량의 범주를 알수 있습니다.

Press Release Statement by Spokesperson for the National Coordination Committee for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

I received this press release from the Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the Republic of Singapore. Download the original press release PDF here. Or read the press release below: Page 1 of Press Release Recently, the United States is letting loose an unheard-of vociferation about “cyber threat” from the DPRK.We know […]

Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum 조국해방전쟁승리기념관

The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum was first built in Central Pyongyang in August 1953. It was moved to its present-day location next to the Potong River in April 1963 and underwent major renovations in 2013. 조국해방전쟁승리기념관은 처음에 1953년 8월 평양 중심부에 건설되었습니다. 1963년 4월에 현 위치인 보통강변으로 이전하였으며 2013년에 대대적인 보수공사를 마쳤습니다.