Tag Archives: Culture

Haeju Kyoban

The following happened in the present-day Haeju area of South Hwanghae Province during the closing years of Koryo Dynasty (918-1392). A low-grade government clerk was informed early in the morning that the Japanese pirates were making an invasion upon the area. Before leaving for the Suyangsan Fort, he ordered a kitchen maid to prepare meals […]

For Development of Korean Language

The Linguistics Institute of the Academy of Social Sciences, the successor to the Society for Korean Language Research founded in February 1947, sets it as its mission to preserve, inherit and develop the time-honoured history, purity, unitary character and excellent qualities of the Korean language, and study and give solutions to the problems arising in […]

Performances Celebrate the Day of the Shining Star

Working people’s organizations gave performances to celebrate the Day of the Shining Star (Chairman Kim Jong Il’s birth anniversary) on February 15. Among the audience were Ri Il Hwan, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Pak In Chol, chairman of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of […]

Silver Work “A Treasure Ship”

Among the gifts preserved in the International Friendship Exhibition House is a silver work “A Treasure Ship”, which was presented to Chairman Kim Jong Il by a delegation of the International Institute of the Juche Idea in October Juche 80 (1991). Prior to their re-visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the run-up to the […]

National customs of February.

In February there are two ephemeris of the year which are Ripchun and Usu. Ripchun means the beginning of spring and this year falls on February 3 according to the solar calendar. Since ancient times, on this day Koreans fix the interior and exterior of their houses and paste in various places the letters that […]

Quality National Musical Instruments Are Produced

The national musical instruments produced by the Pyongyang National Musical Instrument Factory are winning public favour. The factory, which is fully provided with modern processes to make every part of instruments through precision processing, is making national musical instruments with peculiar timbre and large volume. It is also applying scientific elements to the capabilities and […]

Restaurant Famous for Loach Dishes.

The Mundok Restaurant in Taesong District of Pyongyang is famous for loach dishes. Loach soup mixed with pumpkin and savoury and crisp fried loach are the favourite dishes of customers. From ancient times, the Koreans have widely used tasty and nutritious loach in their dietary life. The dishes made of loach, which is called “insam […]

A Worker-Poet Studies At University.

A Worker-Poet Studies at University Yun Jong A, a 23-year-old girl, worked at the fuel service station in Phyongsong City, South Phyongan Province. Since her childhood, she was deeply interested in composition. After graduation from a senior middle school, she started her social life. She depicted her experience gained in worthwhile working life in poetry […]

Midwife Heroine in Hoeyang County.

Choe Jong Sim, a teacher of obstetrical and gynecological department of Pyongyang Continuous Medical Education College, wrote as follows in her “Note of an Obstetrician”: “I was born in a mountain village in Hoeyang County, Kangwon Province, six years before Korea’s liberation (August 15, 1945) from the Japanese military occupation. As it was a far-flung […]

Famous Singer.

There is a renowned singer in the arts group of the Korean Disabled Art Association. Singing with a rich voice and clear and beautiful tone “Voice of my heart”, “Ode to the Fatherland” and other songs, she left a deep impression on the audience. She is none other than Pak Jin Ri, a blind woman […]

Ssirum—Traditional Sporting Event

Ssirum (Korean wrestling) is one of the cultural assets of the Korean nation. Since long ago, Korean people enjoyed playing ssirum during break times on the edges of fields, on the grass, and on riverside or seaside sandy soil. On folk holidays, in particular, wrestling grounds laid out at scenic spots were thronged with people, […]

Scenic Spot—Mt Taesong

Mt Taesong is one of scenic spots in Korea. It is located between Taesong and Samsok districts. Its name derived from a big fortress which was built in the period of Koguryo to repel foreign invasion. It was also called Mt Kuryong, Mt Ryong or Mt Royang. As the mountain, covered with pine trees, is […]

Lacquering Art of Korea

The lacquering art is the national craftwork indigenous to Korea which decorates various furniture and utensils by painting them with lacquer. It has such features as durability, purity and lustre for its peculiar material. Wood is mainly used as the groundwork material for lacquering, and sometimes metals and unglazed ceramics. It applies various decorating methods; […]

Master of Sangmo Dance

Hong Jong Guk, 44, is a Merited Artiste and an expert at turning round the pigtail ribbons, symbolic movements in the Korean folk dance, Sangmo (long pigtail ribbon) Dance. He performed in the grand mass gymnastics and artic performance The Glorious Country held in Pyongyang in 2018, turning round his 60-pal-long ribbon. A pal, Korean […]

Food Custom on Chusok

Chusok or Harvest Moon Day is a traditional folk holiday of Korea. Ancient Koreans used lunar calendar. Chusok is August 15 by lunar calendar. This year Chusok falls on September 8 by solar calendar. The main thing on Chusok was visit to the ancestral tombs. Each family regarded it as duty to visit their ancestral […]

A Story about the Flag of the Republic

The family of Im Jong Hui in Phalgol-dong 2, Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, often visits the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. The museum tells about the exploits performed by the great President Kim Il Sung who repulsed the armed invasion of the US imperialists and honorably safeguarded the freedom and independence of the country and about […]