Mansudae Korea

DPRK Diplomacy: Then & Now

DPRK Diplomacy: Then & Now History Whilst 2018 has been a flurry of diplomatic activity with the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un at it’s centre. From the success of the 2018 winter olympics in PyeongChang, nicknamed the ‘peace’...

April 15: Day of the Sun

April 15th is the date of the most significant public holiday in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; The Day of the Sun. This holiday marks the birthday of the first Supreme Leader and incumbent Eternal President Kim Il Sung (1912...

Tracing the Taedong from Changjin to Nampo

Introduction The Taedong River (대동강) is one of the most famous bodies of water in North Korea, perhaps aside from Lake Chon, the lake nestled in the caldera of Mt. Paektu on the northern border. The Taedong river, at its most famous point, flows...

Pukkuksong: A history of the Pukkuksong Missile System

On the 2nd of October 2019, reports began flooding in from monitoring agencies in South Korea of a potential missile test from the eastern side of the peninsula. Initial reports suggested a launch from Kangwon Province (South-east DPRK). However...

First trip to the DPRK | Entering Korea

On the morning of the 25th of July 2019, I found myself onboard a train crossing a river I had been aspiring to cross for the previous 8 years. The river was the Amnok (Yalu) river which marks the border between the People’s Republic of China and...

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