Welcome to Explore North Korea Tour Blog.Here you could learn more about North Korea and Korean culture
DPRK Public Holidays
The biggest and important Festival in DPRK is 15th of April which is Kim Il Sung’ birthday. It is called Day of the Sun. For some important years there will be military parade and during the festival students or citizen will have big dancing party on Kim Il Sung Square or Street. Most of female will wear Korean beautiful traditional dress . It is called Chima and Joggori . Explore North Korea Tour will have group tours and independent tour to North Korea during the Festival.
New Years Day : 1st – January
Birth Day of Kim Jong Il : 16th – February
Day of the Sun (Birth day of Kim Il Sung) : 15th – April
Foundation Day of The Korean People’s Army :25th – April
May Day Festival: 1st – May
Victorious Day: 27th – July
National Liberation Day : 15th – August
Foundation of the DPRK : 9th – September
Foundation of the Worker’s Party of Korea: 10th -October
Day of the DPRK Socialist Constitution: 27th – December.
North Korean has universal 12 years compulsory free education.
At the age from 5-17. It consists of 1 year pre-school course, 5 years primary schooling, 3 years junior middle schooling and 3 year senior middle schooling.
North Korean ladyies would like to marry a man who is graduated from university and has to be a soldier, has to be the member of Workers’ Party of Korea.
For the new family couple North Korean lady have to ready all the furniture for the new family. The man has to ready gold ring, gold necklace for the bride. And the groom has to apply the house from the company or factory that he work for. then the company and the factory will apply house or apartment for the new couple. North Korean lady has to do the whole house work for the family after the marriage.
In North Korean wedding party do not eat candy like in China but they eat cold noodles.
If you would like to ask your friends when they get married. You could ask : when can I eat your cold noodles? Means when can I join in your wedding party? Or when you are going to get married?
because in North Korean wedding cold noodles is must.
Friends join in North Korean friends wedding party normally give gift or money.
the money have to put in white paper bag which is different with China. Chinese people will put the money in the red paper bag means luck.
For legal marry age in North Korea is 17 years old. From 17 years old North Korean teenager can have ID card.
Nowadays in North Korea lady will get married around 25 years old and men will get married around 30 or 31 years old.
The government encourage people to have more kids. If family has more kids the government will give some gift to the family.
North Korean people study very hard. After senior middle school students have to study very hard to get to university otherwise you can not study in the university even you pay the tuition to school.
If you can not get to university through the exam the government will give you a job to do.
After university you have choice to become a soldier or government will find a job for you.
retired age in North Korea:
Male: 60 years old Female: 55 years old.
North Korean people like singing ,dancing and music. If you have chance to join in Korean wedding party you can strongly feel this.
If you join in the tour to North Korea you can have chance to watch Art Concert/ Circus Show
In the concert you can see people like the show very much. and the Circus show is also really amazing.
Traffic in North Korea
Main transportation in Pyongyang is:
Bus / Electricity Bus/ Subway /Taxi
If you have chance to travel to North Korea you will realize the the transportation on the road all turn on the light in the day time. Cause government want reduce the traffic accident.
On Sunday you will see few cars on the road cause for many companies if need car on Sunday has to apply in advance.
North Korean TV channel
There are only 4 TV channels in North Korea.
• Central TV Channel for important political news.
• Mansudae Channel for foreign country news.
• Sports Channel for all kinds of sports.
• Cable line Channel for lives.
North Korean people like Chinese movies a lot.
the Korean guide told us that Korean people like Chinese <KeWang > which is produce in 1990 in China.It has 50 TV series When it was showed in Pyongyang there were almost no people on the street in Pyongyang.They all were watching the show at home.
What pants and dress mean in DPRK
In DPRK Pants and Dress has special totally different meaning:
Pants means men /Dress means ladies
Broken Pants means divorced men /Broken Dress means divoiced lady.
Old Pants means married men/ Old Dress means married lady
Long Pants means Workers Party members or University students.
Short Pants means soldiers.
North Korean ladies have to were skirt or dress when they join in very formal place even in winter time.
what do korean people use a bath tub in DPrk?
Bath tub in North Korea not for taking a shower but for making Kimchi. In winter time when cabbage produced. Korean people will make a lot of Kimchi. Bath tub is very good container for making Kimchi for every family. So people do not use bath tub for taking show in DPRK.
propaganda pictures in North Korea?
There is no commercial advertisement in North Korea but propaganda pictures everywhere. On the street,in the subway,even on the postcards and stamps.