20 Surprising Facts About North Korea That Tells How Strange Country It Is

Are you a traveler? is North Korea on your list? Well, it depends on how adventurous you are, because the facts that we are going to mention in this article, would require some ball of steel to visit the place.

1. The Official name of North Korea is Democratic” People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

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Democratic? LOL. And the constitution, which is made available online, points of freedom of expression, freedom or religion, etc. LOL, LOL.

2. There is no Internet Connection available for the Public

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Only some elite citizens of the country have access to the Internet which only has a few govt. approved websites.

3. North Korea has only Three TV Channels

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They once had to watch a football match with a delay of 24 hours. And you thought there is nothing on your 500 Channel TV.

4. Kim Jong-il and Kim il Sung’s Dead Bodies are preserved in glass tombs in a state mausoleum.

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The dead bodies are a tourist attraction and are on the list of foreign tourists who are permitted very  limited places to visit.

5. North Korea has built a Fake Village near the South Korea Border.

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Kijong-Dong, The Fake Village is built to intimidate South Koreans to let them believe that life is better at this end.

6. Possession of Bible, Watching South Korean Movies, and Pornography is Punishable by Death.

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Yes, North Korea is anti-religion, anti-Entertainment and anti-Pleasure.

7. The Punishments passes on up to Three Generations.

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If one person violates the law, his entire family suffers the consequences, and their three generations have to be in the prison because North Korea believes that attitude and disloyalty are carried down the bloodline.

8. North Korea has the World’s Largest Stadium with 150,000 seats

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The Stadium hosts the Mass Games, which takes place four days a week for three months every summer. Even though North Korea is one of the poorest countries with 50% of the population not having enough to eat, no proper hospitals and barely any electricity. But the Mass Games has to be perfect, because, Priorities!

9. North Korea holds elections every five years.

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But isn’t it under the Dictatorship of Kim Jon Un? Yes, it is because the people get only one option to wait. Makes it easy to choose. LOL.

10. It’s the Year 104 in North Korea not 2016.

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The North Korea bases its Calendar on Kim il-Sung’s date of birth, 15th April 1912.

11. The North Korea Leaders are Kind of a Big Deal for the Country.

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You might have got an idea about this from others facts mentioned in this post, but the country is really obsessed with their leaders. The Students are made to learn every speech, know about everything about their lives.

12. North Koreas has an estimated 34,000 statues of Kim il Sung in the country.

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Not just that, the Govt. has orders for every house in the country for having the portraits hung on the walls. And special towels are given to clean it up every morning. And yes, the Government. can do random checks to make sure everyone is following the instructions.

13. North Korean people are made to believe  Their Leaders are Gods

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Or maybe much more than that. Students spend most of their time to study their lives, their B’days are the biggest Holiday. In North Korea, it is said that one of their leaders (Kim Jong-il) had the power to change the climate. There are many more lies told for the praises of their Leaders.

14. Every Single House in North  Korea has a Government operated Radio installed which cannot be turned off.

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Govt. wants to monitor every home  to keep a check on conspiracies and activities against the government.

15.  Kim Jong Un, the current leader of North Korea gave orders to kill his own Uncle by stripping him naked and feeding him to 120 hungry dogs.

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Kim Jong-un became the leader of North Korea after the sudden death of his father (Kim Jong-il) in December 2011. His Uncle, Jang Sung, was executed as a traitor in 2014. He was even removed from all the photos of official events and documentaries. He also gave orders to execute his Vice Minister, Kim Choi with an anti-aircraft gun in 2012, and his ex-girlfriend in 2013.

16. North Korea also uses human feces as fertilizers.

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The so much poverty in the country, North Korea cannot afford Chemical fertilizers, and forces the farmers to produce fertilizers using human waste – Source

17. North Koreans may only choose from 28 pre-approved hair styles.

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While the youth of the country is encouraged to have a hairstyle of Kim Jong-un, they do have options, but limited, 10 to be precise for men,18 for women. – Source

18.  People of North Korea are Forced to Work 7 days a Week.

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They do have a six day work week, but there is also an additional day of enforced ‘volunteer’

19. The Average Salary of Workers in North Korea is less than $100

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It actually ranges between $50-$70. Foreign-invested companies pay local employees less than the U.S. $70.35 monthly minimum wage paid to the thousands of North Koreans who work at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. – Source

20. The Foreign Tourists are shown Only the positive side of North Korea.

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The country receives approximately 6000 foreign visitors every year, they are made to say at one place, Yanggakdo International Hotel located on an island within the city of Pyongyang, Countries’ only best city.

The tourists are never left alone, are not allowed to take photos of things that can affect the positive image of North Korea.

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