North Korea is a country located in East Asia which has a capital named Pyongyang. Across South Korea. North Korea has “odd” regulations and is very different from other countries. As a communist country, North Korea has many uniqueness with its dictatorial and authoritarian style of government led by Kim Jong Un, North Korea is also one of the countries most feared by its military power.
North Korea is a closed country that has policies that are somewhat cruel compared to other countries. There are some astonishing facts that we have summarized for those of you who have never visited North Korea and intend to travel there.
- The North Korean government strictly controls all levels of education. The literacy rate of children 15 years and over in North Korea is 99%.
- Nearly a third of the country’s income goes to the military. This policy is the largest in the world today.
- If in our country you can watch TV to your heart’s content, in North Korea it’s the opposite. Because in North Korea, only one channel is facilitated that contains news as well as speeches about the government.
- It is possible that everything in North Korea contains propaganda for its government. Even so authoritarian, the North Korean government obliges the public to read a newspaper that contains a photo of North Korea’s highest leader on the front sheet.
- What makes North Korea a closed country is the lack of access to an internet connection. You may not be able to easily surf the Internet in North Korea. So get ready for a walk without posting to the internet.
- If you visit North Korea, don’t expect you to take a selfie or casually record your trip on video. Because, if you are caught taking a photo without the permission of the party concerned, you can be sentenced to a harsh sentence.
- North Korea has the 4th largest military power in the world. With a personnel number of more than 9 million, North Korea has the highest percentage of military personnel per capita in the world.
- Military service is compulsory in North Korea and lasts 5 years of serving in the army or navy. For the air force, the time taken by compulsory military service is 3-4 years.
- If you are traveling to North Korea, you can visit the tour of the bodies of North Korean dictators. There you can see the bodies that are preserved without being closed in a chest. How? Quite tense, right?
- The sad thing that happens in North Korea is that women are employed as sex slaves for officials. It is recorded that as many as 2000 women in North Korea freely provide sexual entertainment and services to its officials.
- If you’re stopping by to North Korea, don’t expect you to take public transportation to get around. In North Korea, public transportation to connect the countryside with big cities is very difficult to find.
- Another thing that is not less surprising is that half of North Korea’s income comes from arms sales. The buyers are none other than rebel groups or militant groups in other countries.
- North Korea has made a record of making tunnels to spy on South Korea. In 2014, North Korea made a tunnel which reportedly penetrated into South Korea and this action was finally discovered by the South Korean side. However, North Korea argues that the tunnel excavation is for coal.
- If you live in North Korea, you cannot freely change your hairstyle. Unlike in Indonesia where expression is free, in North Korea you can only choose 1 out of 28 hairstyles.
- Another surprising fact from North Korea is about government policies that often do not side with the people. In North Korea the level of malnutrition is very high. Lots of children and residents are starving because of the regulations that make it difficult for them.