Understanding North Korea’s behavior means understanding that it is not a hermit kingdom. As information steadily seeps into this reclusive state through technology, trade and personal exchanges, information about the North is also leaking out. We will scour a variety of sources to spotlight key North Korean localities, their people, schools, factories, hospitals and more. Should you happen to know of more resources either through your own research and/or travels, we invite you to be active in this process and send us relevant information and photos.
If you have ever been to North Korea, you might know that feeling: you are in the country, and at the same time, you are not. Foreign visitors usually stroll through the streets as if they are caught inside a huge transparent rubber sphere. They can see and hear, but most of the time there is this invisible but tangible wall between them and the [...]
Wonsan, on the DPRK’s east coast, by all accounts, used to bustle—at least by DPRK standards. If the recent outreach between Japan and North Korea bears fruit, Wonsan could undergo a 21st century revival. Since Japan banned all trade with the DPRK in the wake of the disastrous Kim-Koizumi summit of 2002, Wonsan has been a shell of its [...]
Introduction Wonsan (원산시), the capital of Kangwon province, sits on North Korea’s southeast coast. It is a small city in world terms, only 363,000 people, but is still the fourth largest in North Korea after Chongjin, Hamhung, and Nampo. When the sun shines and the sea air sparkles, Wonsan may be the prettiest city in the country; [...]
Introduction and Brief History Sinuiju City (신의주시), the capital of North P'yŏngan province, sits on the Amnok (Yalu) River directly across from the Chinese city of Dandong. One of only two rail crossing points between the DPRK and China, Sinuiju is the North’s major gateway for rail and truck traffic. Much of Dandong’s foreign [...]