The Juche Era: An uncharted journey through the heart of isolationist North Korea
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Just what does make North Korea tick? In every sense the country and its individuals nevertheless see themselves at war. Isolated and ostracised for decades, every thing in this quirky spot is choreographed to show maximum unity and strength. Developed by Bulgarian Tv this unseen film manages to travel throughout the nation. It gives an enthralling and exclusive behind the scenes view of a country which seldom makes it possible for outsiders to see inside.
Two million troops still face every other along the border in between North and South Korea. ‘We have enough troops and military hardware to withstand a strike from the South and to win’. Huge billboards and loudspeakers shout invective at the other side. The cruel ferocity of the Korean war left the North scarred and in a permanent state of defensive hostility.
Under thousands of umbrellas in the Pyongyang rain, North Koreans endlessly practise their parades. They are displaying faith in the thought of Juche, developed by Kim Il- Sung. Juche means to rely on your own strength. Kim’s son Kim Jong-Il succeeded him and has continued with his father’s bizarre philosophies. All Koreans should take portion in the colourful ceremonies which have come to define this nation in foreign eyes.
Each and every stroll of life is invaded by Songun, or military orientated doctrine. At a nursery school a particular syllabus imparts the spirit of survival, with continual reference to their leader. Some could progress to Man Gjun De Military College, the most elite in Pyongyang. The school turns out some of the most committed officers in the planet, prepared to ‘strike back at anyone who attacks our country’. Half of North Korea’s budget goes on military spending. It turns a handsome profit (reputedly half a billion dollars annually) exporting missiles to the Middle East.
Life in Pyongyang struggles to emerge from the shadows of the excellent granite monoliths. Only with hidden cameras is it attainable to see inside supermarkets for ordinary Koreans ‘why would you want to go in there’ the guide insistently demands to each request. Worker brigades march to function, spade in hand, glorifying their leader in song. In local shops, each particular person is allotted goods in a strictly controlled program: shoes, a suit, a lamp.
Even though the poster on the wall reads ‘We support our dear leader in making soy milk!’, the bags on the floor read UNICEF. North Korea is fed mostly by foreign humanitarian aid, a million tonnes of it each and every year. Citizens supplement their daily meals intake by fishing in the Taedong River. In the 1990’s North Koreans have been starving. Today, even in the countryside, they have meals. They can develop crops in their small gardens to sell at market place, unofficially (it does not reflect the ideals of Juche but has quietly been permitted to develop to avoid the starvation prevalent in the 90’s). But there is no escaping the ever present State: even in the fields loudspeakers call for the populace to be ready to fight and every household is referred to as on to prepare their kids for the army.
Throughout a really unusual – for a foreigner – visit to ordinary Korean houses, we discover a basic but safe existence — house grown vegetables and fish from the river stock the fridge. They might appear to have the fundamental essentials but the loved ones clearly remains in the identical state of denial as every person else in this odd nation. ‘My greatest dream is for the Juche ideals to succeed in each and every portion of the world’, states the 27 year old daughter of the household.
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Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea). September 2011.
Pyongyang, March 1 (KCNA) — The Haeun Italian Specialty Restaurant in Pyongyang has drawn many people. The 3-storied restaurant was opened in April Juche 98 (2009).
It, with a seating capacity of more than one hundred, serves Italian food and drinks, like pizza, spaghetti and cappuccino, as properly as Korean dishes.
Its cooks have very good hands in preparing Italian standard meals. Dishes cooked by them are common among regional people and Europeans. Pak Jong Ok, manager of the restaurant, told KCNA that the restaurant was constructed by the DPRK government′s measure for regional individuals to take popular foreign dishes.
…beats eating bloody Kimchi.
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By adaptorplug on 2011-09-15 ten:24:33