Tag Archives: North Korea

Potato Pride 감자자랑 with English translation

The upbeat, rustic melody of this song belies a tragic historic background that continues to cast deep shadows on North Korean society today. ‘Potato Pride’ was the product of a concerted campaign by the North Korean government to promote the virtues of the potato in the face of food insecurity during the mid-1990s- a period which […]

Pyongyang Cold Noodles are the Best 평양랭면 제일이야 平壤冷麵 第一이야 with English translation

Pyongyang cold noodles (평양랭면;平壤冷麵) are enjoyed in both the north and south of the Korean peninsula, and are, as their name suggests, one of Pyongyang’s culinary specialties. The one restaurant most famous for the dish is without a doubt Okryugwan (옥류관;玉流館, literally ‘Jade Stream Pavilion’), situated on the western banks of the Taedong River in […]

This is an Attack 공격전이다 攻擊戰이다 with English translation

North Korean cultural production has long since exalted the army as heroic defender of the nation. The mid-1990s saw the unveiling of songun, or ‘military-first’ politics as state policy, further elevating the status of the military. Today, men can request from their barbers a ‘speed battle cut’, while North Korean film, literature and music often […]