We have been following the ins and outs of basketball diplomacy with great interest over the last couple of months, but there may be another unifying force at work, leaving fond – if not hazy – memories in the heads of DPRK travelers.
You think we are kidding, but this is literally the banner on a recent email sent from Koryo Tours, one of those intrepid providers of tour services to the DPRK. The period which is now open for business is mid-December to mid-January. According to the message, “brush up on the words for Auld Lang Syne […]
On my recent trip to Seoul I talked with Chris Green and Nova Mercier at the Daily NK about Kaesong, the Kaesong and Chinese models, and the prospects for reform; Nova raised interesting questions about women in the markets as well. Read the DailyNK interview here.
Hey, it’s the dog days of summer so we have to have a little fun with the headlines. Three follow-ons: the Chong Chon Gang seizure, family reunions, and Vice Media.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to somehow tie in the video below to the issues normally addressed in this blog. I surrender. Just watch in awe. Thoughts of standing in against her evokes John-Kruk-meets-Randy-Johnson. Sorry for the ad that appears at the beginning.
Today marks what would likely be Kim Jong Il’s 72nd birthday (71st according to North Korean biographers). The day is known as ‘The Day of the Shining Star’ in North Korea and is accompanied with many different celebrations. Some of the celebrations are displayed below through images available through KCNA. National art exhibition in honor […]
Or rather Koryo Tours via NPR correspondent Louisa Lim delivers a gift from North Korea: your very own Pyongyang Racer video game! Look out for those ajumas! Sadly, there were no winning submissions in our Jill Kelley Six Degrees of Separation Contest. But stay tuned–there is always a nuclear test to predict and you can be […]
Gordon Flake and his team at the Mansfield Center are always doing good policy work on the region, with a strong interest in Japan and Korea in particular; among other things, the foundation maintains a useful blog. A very interesting portion of the website collates high-quality polling from around the region; we will revisit this […]
Just in time for the holidays, we’ve put together a list of where you can buy the perfect gift for the NK watcher in your life. Are you in the market for a 2013 wall calendar with amazing photographs taken inside North Korea by renowned photographer Eric Lafforgue? NK NEWS has got you covered. Do […]
For those of you who read this blog and are still undecided, you might consider voting the party platforms on the Korean peninsula. We looked through them, picked out all references to the Koreas and reproduce them below. It has become accepted wisdom that there is little difference between the two candidates on foreign policy, […]