Facts and Photos From North Korea

Posted by By Justin at 19 December, at 10 : 46 AM Print

With the recent death of the oppressive and insane North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il, a lot of people have been reading about this bizarre and locked-down country.

North Korea has been described by visitors as being like visiting one massive prison, encompassing an entire country, complete with armed guards, surveillance cameras, and listening devices everywhere. It is locked in a time-lock sometime in the 1970s for the most part, with certain areas even farther back in time than that.

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North and South Korea, at night, as seen from space. Note the absence of electricity except on the military-controlled borders and camps.

For example, just like in Nazi Germany, soldiers goose-step (literally, swinging their legs up very high in a robotic swinging motion) in the streets en-masse all day, every day, performing public displays of military power. There are literally soldiers everywhere, even in the countryside, and along all the roads, which are littered with military checkpoints, in spite of being empty.

The roads are so empty, you could land a plane on them, because nobody can afford to own a vehicle, and even if they could, the government would tell them where they could and could not go. So, the only cars you see on the roads are the occasional brand new $80,000 Mercedes speeding down the empty highway, owned by a government official working for an oppressive government in a land where the people only make $900 per year. It’s disgusting to say the least.


Just like in Nazi Germany, everyone refers to their dictator as their “eternal leader” or similar, and they bow before statues of him. They put the dictator’s picture up on almost every building in the entire country! Every home, apartment, and shared living area has at least one and often several portraits of the dictator hanging on its walls.

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People visiting the tombs of the previous dictators are required to go underground for about a mile, going up and down many elevators (to disorient and confuse them about the tomb’s location maybe?), and to be thoroughly searched for electronic devices of any kind. They are then required to march in rows up to a massive statue of the dictator and bow in unison before his likeness, before paying their respects at his tomb.

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Perhaps the most bizarre thing about North Korea is its insane and paranoid hatred of the United States. The people are brainwashed endlessly by the state-run media (the only media there) that the “US Imperialists” are coming to invade them, or out to get them, or are the ones responsible for their horrible living conditions. The average North Korean makes only $900 per year, and their government tells them this is because the United States is oppressing them and dividing their country, and that they must conserve resources in order to defeat the US. Wow. They actually believe this stuff, and think of Americans as some sort of demons in human form.

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American soldiers are portrayed in posters all over the country, massacring women and children, throwing babies into wells (they still have those?), torturing men, cutting people’s heads off, and leaving towns in scorched ruins. Ironically, in line with the time-warp their government seems to have them in, all Americans are depicted in 1940s/WW2-era clothing and uniforms – in spite of the posters having been made recently!

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This mentality is extremely pervasive, and is reenforced constantly by public murals and billboards and art installations all over the country showing anti-US propaganda. The propaganda posters and murals and billboards are done in the style of World War II recruiting posters, and show “mighty Koreans” defeating the “evil US imperialists.”


Perhaps the weirdest thing is that the people seem to actually fall for this stuff. They don’t seem to question anything at all!


It seems to never have occurred to them that all their media comes from their government, or that they are not allowed any communication with the outside world. They can’t have computers, unless even the operating system (a custom build of Linux) is built by the government, and all network and internet connections are very heavily modified to show only North Korean propaganda sites. All of their television, movies, music, and other entertainment is delivered to them by their government and carefully selected to maintain their distorted world view.


For a some really fantastic photos showing what North Korea is currently like, check out this post by the Boston Globe.

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  1. ngi, 3 years ago Reply

    As coming from an ex communist country, I see the article too simple and quite in a “propaganda” style at the end. it is clear that the author has limited history knowledge or will to find out more, for a better setting up the framework. in another way to put it, look how simple it is to make propaganda without knowing it.

    Now this “It seems to never have occurred to them”.. I don’ really know how to take it..

    Did it occur to the author that decades of oppression, propaganda, fear, paranoia, tortured – dead – executed relatives have something to do about it? the state security in North Korea is better organized than the CIA, so try to imagine, what would you do? what would you do to awaken them, being there? how can you know there is nothing happening? do those political prisoners get executed for nothing?

    North Korea is used by China, Russia, Iran and friends to counterbalance the US influence in the region – yes, it’s all about influence. North Korea was and still is protected because of the advantage of not really knowing if they have the atomic bomb or not – and because it is thought of its rulers that they might easily try to set it up.

    The battle for power is anyway senseless for the long term future.

  2. ngi, 3 years ago Reply


    perhaps this comment should bring more light:

    Cosmin Dumitrescu
    And if you were born in freedom will never understand the pain and suffering those people are going through. Nor you are going to understand the burning desire for freedom of those people which is supressed every day through government propaganda and official terrorism. We think NK don’t know what freedom is? We are wrong. When you are a prisoner behind a wall, you clearly know that on the other side should be the opposite, don’t you? I was there. It’s true.
    Reply · 1 · · August 22 at 9:40pm

  3. ngi, 3 years ago Reply

    final comment:) “altered the balance of power and will”

    Daniel Kane · Top Commenter
    Peoples have the governments they deserve!
    Reply · 1 · · June 27 at 11:39am

    Cosmin Dumitrescu
    Not true. What about Eastern Europe in which I grew up? We did not ask for communism. The Americans and English sold us to the Russians at Yalta and the Russians invaded us chopped our teritories, mass deported entire populations and altered the balance of power and will. It’s awfully hard to get a real glimpse into the history from american-only perspective. And don’t forget. The world is the same when it comes to people, their needs, love and desire for peace. It’s us, the selfish and indiferent individuals who see others lower then us and not deserving what we have.
    Reply · 2 · · August 22 at 9:32pm

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