Top 8 Fun Facts about North Korea
North Korea is an Asian country which leads life on its own, pretty much completely isolated from the rest of the world. North Korea functions as a highly centralized, lead by a dictator who serves the citizens info about their country being the best in everything in the world, which in fact isn’t true. The citizens have to follow certain norms about fashion, education and living – they can’t study everything, nor wear hair styles that aren’t allowed from the government. Internet also isn’t allowed in the country, so people don’t truly know what is going on outside their country. In today’s article we have Top 8 Fun Facts about North Korea
#1. Marijuana is legal
Sounds crazy? Well in North Korea marijuana isn’t even considered to be drug. Many locals smoke it regularly. However the use and distribution of hard drugs like crystal meth would cost the user and distributor his life, but Marijuana is not classified as illegal or in any way policed. This info sounds pretty great for those who use marijuana, so can North Korea be the new marijuana paradise?
#2. North Korea have captured a U.S. Navy ship
On January 23, 1968, in international waters more than 15 miles from North Korea, the USA ship USS Pueblo which was an electronic intelligence ship, got surrounded by sub chasers and torpedo boats. The sailors on the Pueblo were caught and put in prison camps. North Korea produced propaganda footage showing fair treatment to the prisoners, but the reality was much worse. The ship crew was molested and starved for years. Eventually, the North Korean government decided to release all crew members. The Pueblo is still held by North Korea.
#3. In North Korea is not 2014
The Juche Calendar was introduced in 1997 and is based on Kim Il Sung’s date of birth: April 15, 1912. So, in North Korea the year is 102. However, they print the official year (2014 in this case) on the printed calendars next to their year.
#4. North Korea has the world largest sport stadium
Currently it is used for football and athletic matches, but most often for Arirang performances also known as the “the Mass Games”. In the May Day Stadium can seat 150,000. The gigantic stadium was finished in 1989 and is located in Pyongyang. In the late 1990s, a number of North Korean army generals who tried to assassinate the leader Kim Jong-il were executed via burning in the stadium. Barbaric.
#5. North Korea has the world’s tallest building
The building with 105 floors is the Ryugyong Hotel which by the end of the 80s was designed to be the world’s tallest hotel. The construction was stopped in 1992 as the faced economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. Japanese newspapers estimated the cost of the hotel at $750 million, which is 2% of North Korea’s GDP. For more than ten years, the unfinished building was empty and without windows, fixtures, or fittings, just being a massive concrete shell. In the late 1990s, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea inspected the building and concluded that the structure was “irreparable.”
#6. North Korean archeologists “found” the unicorn’s resting place
Yes you read well. In November 2012 North Korean archaeologists claimed to discover a mythical unicorn lair belonging to King Tongmyong, who was founder of the ancient Korean kingdom. The announcement was made by the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences, claiming the lair was found 220 yards from a temple in Pyongyang. A rectangular rock carved with words ‘Unicorn Lair’ stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392). This is just hilarious.
#7. North Korea is not a communist country any more
In 2009 every reference of Communism was removed from the country’s constitution, and “Juche” became the official state ideology, replacing Marxism–Leninism. The new constitution was created by Kim Il-sung, and it states that the Korean masses are the masters of the country’s development, with an emphasis on political, economic and defensive self-sustainability.
#8. There are 28 listed official hair styles
North Koreans must have one of 28 government approved haircuts. Unmarried women must have short hair, but married woman have more options. The hair of young men should be less than 4 cm long, older men can go as long as 2¾.