North Korea

Natalie Reynolds

Quick Facts

Official Name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Capitol City: Pyongyang

Population: 24,720,407 as of 2014

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Land Features

Hamgyong Mountains- Northeastern Region

Nangnim Mountains- Central to Northern Region

Geographic Bounderies

North- China

South- South Korea

East- Sea of Japan, Tonhan Bay

West- Korea Bay

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History

  1. North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. The war lasted 3 years and now the country has one of the most heavily guarded borders of all countries.
  2. North Korea became heavily isolated when the nation was ruled under Kim Il Sung.
  3. In June 2000 the South Korea president, Kim Dae-Jung, visited Kim Jong Il to talk about reunifying the countries.
  4. After Kim Il Sung died of a stroke in 2011 his son Kim Jong Un took over.

People & Places

  1. The Korean language is a phonetic alphabet that was created in 1446.
  2. The religions of North Korea historically included Buddhism, Confucianism, and shamanism.
  3. North Koreans where simple attire to work, which is often a one color jumpsuit, urban professionals wear suits or dresses.
  4. Ethnic Koreans populate almost all of North Korea, but there is a small Japanese and Chinese community.

Lifestyle

  1. The government provides incentives to couples with large families because of the very small population growth rate. They give things like medals or discounted vacations.
  2. By law, men have to wait until age 27 and women age 25 until they can get married.
  3. At age 14 people join the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League and must wear a pin with a portrait of him on it at all times.
  4. A Korean diet mainly consists of soup, fish, and spicy vegetables.

Society

  1. A school day in Korea begins at about 8 a.m. and finishes at 1 p.m.
  2. North Korea has a free 11 year education program, but it is not required to go.
  3. Internet access is rare in North Korea and all internet, cellphones, newspapers, and radios are managed by a company called Koryo Link.
  4. Their healthcare system is extensive and free, but lacks quality and medicine supplies are often low.

The Arts

  1. Music and theatre play an important part in North Korea's culture and identity.
  2. Cinemotography (movie making) is considered the most powerful art in Korean culture. They started producing movies in 1970.
  3. Poetry is the principal form of literature in North Korea, but Koreans also enjoy many other genres.

Credits

Information

"North Korea." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 3 Apr 2014.

Photos

Flag, Soldiers, Bride and Groom, Students- "North Korea." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 3 Apr 2014.

Movie Poster- www.flickr.com

Kim Jong Un- www.geografi-tjek.dk

Map- commoms.wikimedia.org

Mountain Range- en.wikipedia.org