Society / Economy

  1. N.Korean Railway Workers Earn Through Bribes and Side-jobs As Monthly Wages Drop Below 20cents

    [2015/Oct/04] It goes without saying that the North Korean national railway is run by the state. However, it has been one of the few enterprises that has continued to operate under the DPRK’s socialist leadership. Most of ….

  2. A bottle of domestic "penicillin", made at the Suncheon medical factory. ASIAPRESS

    Embezzled UN Aid Circulates in N.Korean Underground – End to Free Healthcare, Illegal Abortions Widespread

    [2015/Jun/15] The “Free healthcare system ” is ostensibly one of the founding tenants of the North Korean state system. However, in reality, free healthcare long ago disappeared due largely to economic hardships and now exists only in the state propaganda slogans….

  3. The frozen border river, Arok-gang (Yalu River). The factory complex on the opposite side of Hyesan river appears not to be operating, as there is no smoke emerging from the chimney. (Photo taken from the Chinese side of the border. March.2014) ASIAPRESS

    Power Supply Recovery and Improved Potato Crop – A brief sigh of relief for N.Koreans

    [2015/Apr/06] Since last autumn, the nationwide power supply in North Korea has been in dire straits. It seems, however, that things are getting better, according to Rimjin-gang’s undercover North Korean reporter, Peak Hyan….

  4. A list of prices of products in the marketplace, as compiled by our North Korean reporting partner. (As of 25/September/2014.) ASIAPRESS

    Price of Rice in N.Korea Soars as Rural Dwellers Prepare for Winter

    [2014/Nov/26] As of this spring, the price of white rice that previously sat at 4,000 – 5,000 North Korean won per 1kg, shot up nationally to 6,000 won, in July. This led to concern among ordinary citizens, only abating when the price started to stabilize around 6,000 won just before the autumn harvest season…..

  5. Densely packed houses in a neighborhood in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province. This photo was taken from the Chinese side of the Amrok-gang (Yalu River). [May. 2014]  ASIAPRESS

    Growing Illegal Housing Market in N.Korea

    [2014/Jul/09] The majority of all houses are state property, belonging to the social collective unit. As such, selling, renting, and collecting any kind of financial reward on such properties is forbidden. However, in recent years, the state is no longer able to supply houses to fill the people’s demands.

  6. A North Korean propaganda poster issued in 2010 trumpets the state agricultural improvements with the slogan "Increase farming production!" through "The policy for the seed revolution, double-cropping, the potato farming revolution and soybean planting".

    Farmers Starve in N.Korea – Excessive Seizure of Rice For The Military Exacerbates The Rural Food Shortage

  7. He-Ping Railway, Nanpingzhen: trains to North Korea set off from this point. The mountains in the background of the photo are in North Korea. (August, 2013)ASIAPRESS

    The Changing Face of the Tuman-gang (Tumen River) – PART 2

  8. One of many construction sites of the high-speed railway connecting central Jilin to Hunchun. (Photo taken in Tumen, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province, China) ASIAPRESS

    The Changing Face of the Tuman-gang (Tumen River) – PART 1

  9. A homeless kotchebi boy sits near the entrance of the marketplace in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province. He was begging for food and money. His legs were supposedly amputated by an accident. (March 2013)  ASIAPRESS

    More Kotchebi Homeless Children Under the Kim Jong-un Regime

  10. A booth of "Taedong-gang beer". (Sep.2011/Gu Gwang-ho)

    〈Photo Report- 8 (b) 〉 The Best Department Store in Pyongyang – But the Products on the Shelves are Not for Sale (2)

  11. The five-storey Pyongyang Department Store No.1 was built in the first half of the 1980's. (Sep.2011/Gu Gwang-ho)

    〈Photo Report- 8 (a) 〉 The Best Department Store in Pyongyang – But the Products on the Shelves are Not for Sale (1)

  12. Hyperinflation and Worsening Food Supplies to The Troops

  13. PHOTO by Kim Dong-cheol(2010/Jan)

    Official Decree – Redenomination – Currency Exchange

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