North Korean Hydroelectric Dam

North Korean Hydroelectric Dams 북한 수력발전댐

This bridge in Hyangsan County has a dam that controls water flow during heavy rains. It is typical of many such bridges dotted across North Korea.

향산군에 있는 향산다리는 폭우시에 수량을 조절하는 댐의 역할을 합니다. 이 다리는 북한 전역에 있는 전형적인 다리의 모습을 보여줍니다.

Hyangsan Bridge 향산다리
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An increasing number of such dams now have hydroelectric generators installed that produce sufficient electricity for neighboring towns throughout spring to autumn. However, during the winter, rivers freeze up and such dams no longer effectively generate electricity.

이렇게 댐의 역할을 하는 다리들이 점점 증가추세인데, 최근에는 수력발전기를 장착을 해서 봄부터 가을까지 이웃한 마을에 충분한 전력을 공급합니다. 하지만 겨울 동안에 강이 얼면 전기를 생산 할수 없겠죠.

New hydroelectric dam under construction. The military and residents from nearby towns all contribute to building it.
새로운 수력발전댐이 건설중이다. 군인과 인근주민들이 건설에 동원되었다.
Aerial photo of a newly built hydroelectric dam in rural North Korea
새로 건설된 수력발전댐의 항공사진.


DAY OF THE SUN: KIM Il SUNG’s BIRTHDAY 태양절: 김일성주석의 탄생일

Kim Il Sung’s birthday was designated an official holiday in 1967. However this date was later named “Day of the Sun” on the 3rd anniversary of his death in 1997. The “Sun” refers to President Kim Il Sung as the eternal “Sun of Korea”.

Founding of the Korean People’s Army. 조선인민군 창설

The North Korean Military is known as the KPA (Korean People’s Army 조선인민군) and was founded 73 years ago today on 8th February, 1948. It originated from the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army, which was was established on 25 April 1932 by Kim Il Sung.