Report by Gu Gwang-ho (July, 2011)
I am from Pyongyang. Every year, a large number of foreigners visit this city for business and sightseeing. Are they allowed to see all parts of Pyongyang?
No, it's impossible for them. Places where they are allowed to go are restricted to only a part of the city which is well-decorated by the state.
I would like to start with showing the photos of the market. These are the part of "real figures" of Pyongyang. People are selling goods to earn their living of course at the public market but also in the backstreet or a small space under the eaves of the apartments. All scenes are taken in this June-July of this year.
The Moran market
The Moran market is located in the Moran-bong district, north of the city center. This is one of the biggest markets in Pyongyang.
The citizens of the capital city Pyongyang are the most privileged people in the country.
Pyongyang has always been favored in food rationing compared to the other cities.
You may question why these people have to engage in private business.
Food rationing has been unstable since 1994-95. Especially this year, I guess 70 percent of Pyongyang has not received food rations since this April except for those who are in the power circles such as Safety Department(Police), Security Department and Party cadres.
Ordinary people who do not have rations are compelled to engage in whatever business in order to earn their living.
These women at the seller's booth earn cash at the market. And at the same place, they buy food and necessary things for their life. (Report by Gu Gwang-ho. July, 2011)
The Moran market (Pyongyang) - Green arrow