Golden Triangle Bank / 황금의 삼각주은행 / 金三角银行

The Golden Triangle Bank is the primary bank of the Rason Special Economic Zone. Exchanges rates here are at local market exchange rates of 8,000KPW/US$1 instead of the usual 100KPW/US$1. The exchange rates here are also much better than in Pyongyang. 황금의 삼각주은행은 라선특별경제구역의 전문은행입니다. 이곳의 환율은 지역 시장의 환율과 같은 1 미달러당 8,000원입니다. 보통 […]

Changjon Street 창전 거리

Changjon Street represented the beginning of a wave of “modernization projects” that would see multiple new-towns like Mirae Scientists Street (미래과학자거리) and Ryomyong New Town (려명거리신도시) sprout up across Pyongyang.

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium 릉라도 5월1일 경기장

Opened on 1 May 1989, the Rungrado May Day Stadium has a total floor space of over 207,000 m² and a seating capacity of 114 000. It’s officially the stadium with the largest seating capacity in the world.

Wonsan Kalma Beach 2013 원산 갈마 해변 2013

This is Wonsan Kalma beach in 2013 before the area was redeveloped as part of the Wonsan Kalma Resort. When I first visited this place, I was only told there were some big plans for renovations “very soon”. No additional details were given at that time. It wasn’t until 2015 that I heard about the […]

Rural North Korea 북한의 시골풍경

The life of a North Korean outside of the cities and towns revolves primarily around agriculture. One of the biggest changes in recent years has been the allowance of farmers to decide for themselves what they want to grow; as long as state production requirements are met…

Chongun Rock 천군바위

This spectacular rock formation is known as Chongun Rock. The formation sits mostly on the Chinese side of the border so the best view of it is actually on the North Korean side.

Taedonggang Diplomatic Club 대동강 외교단회관

The Taedonggang Diplomatic Club was built in 1972 to host the meetings between North and South Korea. However, these activities slowed to a halt and the building was converted into a recreational facility for all foreigners, not just diplomats. Tourists, business people, diplomatic staff and even the occasional foreign students are welcomed to come and […]

Turkeys, the alternative source of meat in North Korea. 북한에서는 육류의 대체물로 칠면조가 뜨고 있다.

Turkeys are kept by enterprising North Korean farmers as they multiply well and provide food throughout the whole year.

Religion in North Korea 북한의 종교

Based on the North Korean constitution, citizens are granted freedom of religious beliefs. I would think that with such a constitution in place, there would be a tangible manifestation of religious activities…

Air Koryo

Air Koryo was founded in 1955. All existing airline pilots are ex-military pilots converted to civilian service. The airline is 100% state owned and operates primarily from Pyongyang Sunan International Airport. The official website is www.airkoryo.com.kp . Due to sanctions and limited flights, air ticket prices have become prohibitively expensive. A short 90 minutes return […]