Images from North Korean Photographers 북조선 사진작가로부터 받은 사진들

I recently posted some North Korean photos on Facebook which I received through unofficial channels. Meaning these photos are not part of the official state media like the KCNA. I’m excited to be seeing stuff that isn’t already published on the internet. Especially since foreigners cannot currently visit due to COVID-19. 저는 최근 비공식경로를 통해서 받은 북조선의 사진을 페이스북에 올렸습니다. 말하자면 KCNA와 같은 국가공식매체로부터 받은 사진이 아니었습니다. 아직까지 인터넷을 통해 공개되지 않은 사진을 본다는 것은 매우 흥분되는 일이었습니다. 특별히 지금처럼 코로나바이러스로 인해 외국인들이 북조선을 방문할 수 없는 경우에는 더욱 그렇습니다.

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.

Does North Korea have COVID-19?

The COVID-19 virus has reached every continent on the planet, except Antarctica. Singapore, my home country, once acclaimed as the “gold standard” for COVID-19 response has been humbled to a cautionary tale in recent months. I have been in lockdown at home since April 2020 and time passes really slowly. 남극대륙을 제외한 전세계가 코로나19 바이러스로 감염되었습니다. […]

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.

Press Release: Kim Yo Jong, First Vice Department Director of WPK Central Committee, Issues Statement

I received this press release from the Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the Republic of Singapore. Download the press release here. Or read the press release below Press Release: Kim Yo Jong, First Vice Department Director of WPK Central Committee, Issues Statement We received a personal letter sent to Chairman of […]

North Korean Hydroelectric Dams 북한 수력발전댐

An increasing number of such dams now have hydroelectric generators installed that produce sufficient electricity for neighboring towns throughout spring to autumn.

Hungnam Fertilizer Complex 흥남비료연합기업소

The Hungnam Fertilizer Complex’s primary function is the production of superphosphate, ammonium sulfate, and ammonium nitrate fertilizers. 흥남비료연합기업소의 주요 역할은 과인산석회비료, 유안비료 그리고 질산암모늄비료를 생산하는 것이다.

Samhung Station 삼흥역

Samhung Station (삼흥역) is situated along the Hyoksin line (혁신선) in Pyongyang. Because it is in-between the Kim Il Sung University and the University of Foreign Studies, many of North Korea’s best and brightest students use this station.