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

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.

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.

Kaesong Old Town 개성 한옥마을

The Kaesong Old Town survived the Japanese occupation and was also spared destruction during the Korean War. This entire area with old Korean style buildings date back from the Joseon period and are a unique cultural heritage to North Korea. 개성 한옥마을은 일제강점기를 견뎌내었을 뿐 아니라 한국전쟁의 포화로부터도 살아남은 곳입니다. 이곳 전체는 조선시대에 세워진 한옥들로 구성되어 있는 독특한 북한의 문화유산입니다.

Juche Tower 주체사상탑

The Tower of Juche Ideology was built in 1982 to commemorate the 70th birthday of President Kim Il Sung and sits prominently by the Taedong River. I was told by the local guide that the tower was built with 25,550 granite blocks, each representing a day in President Kim Il Sung’s life up until his […]

Hyangsan Hotel 향산 호텔

Constructed in 1986 and completely renovated in 2010, the Hyangsan Hotel is a North Korean rated 6-star hotel. Internationally, that would be a 5-star equivalent.

North Korean Gold 북한의 금

While traveling across the countryside, I was able to observe locals panning for gold in one of the rivers. They were swirling pans and using sluice boxes to prospect for the precious metal. That piqued my interest and the following year, I finally got to see a North Korean gold bullion coin minted from the Central Bank of the DPRK.