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Smartphone use, however, is growing, and Okryu's presence suggests that the government does not consider the technology to be a threat to the country's rigid social order.

While cellphones are still largely absent from the countryside, it has become common to see people using them while walking down the streets of the capital. After years in which it limited mobile phones to elites or banned them entirely, North Korea began allowing their broad use in 2008. By 2013, the number of mobile and smartphones mushroomed to about 2 million, or nearly one for every 10 North Koreans.

Last year, North Korea's mobile phone network, Koryolink, started allowing customers to use their phones to look at a very limited number of local websites - such as the ruling party newspaper, the state news agency, a TV show download site, a local university site and a science and technology site called "Hot Wind."

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North Korea is a country in Southeast Asia. Most of the current culture revolves around the idealization of the country and the communist leaders. Religious observances such as holidays are not allowed, though some may still be practiced in private. Buddhism and Confucianism were once the most important religions in the country. Both have played a major part in defining the identity of modern North Korea. Today, most of the holidays that are publically observed relate to celebrating the leaders, both past and present, and celebrating national pride.

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PYONGYANG, North Korea - Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, though it's as isolated from the rest of the world as the country itself, and the vast majority of North Koreans lack the technology to use it.

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Update June, 2017: Since our visit to North Korea in 2011, the recent death of American…

A rare view of the DMZ from the North Korean side. The actual border is the small curb between the blue buildings where two North Korean soldiers are facing each other. Just steps away a South Korean soldiers stands guard.

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A guide at the USS Pueblo, the only commissioned United States Navy ship still held in foreign hands. It was captured in international waters by North Korean forces in 1968 and its crew held hostage for 11 months.


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North Korea is a fascinating country that is truly like no other place on Earth. Traveling to the last vestige of the Cold War is like entering both a time warp and a distorted hall of mirrors. However, while the regime spouts a continuous stream of propaganda at its citizens, the people were friendly and gracious, the same as people everywhere. We were particularly entranced by the children who ranged from curious to shy to just plain goofy, like any group of kids. Here are some photos of North Korea from our recent trip there.

Fearing it had nothing to lose, North Korea could threaten nuclear war

Update June, 2017: Since our visit to North Korea in 2011, the recent death of American tourist Otto Warmbier, who was detained while visiting the country, is a tragic situation that is inexcusable. Accordingly, despite our feelings that tourism in North Korea has positive benefits by exposing the North Korean people to visitors from the outside world, we can no longer recommend that Americans visit the country. It is too easy for the DPRK to make them pawns for continuing tensions between the two countries.

Pictures of North Korea - Changes in Longitude

With all the modern Communist iconography it’s easy to forget that North Korea has an ancient history. The Hureung tombs were built in the 15th-century to house the remains of a king and queen of the Joseon dynasty. These are statues guarding the tombs.

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Holtorf talked and joked with the men for two hours. What saved him, he says, was his grey hair, and the respect paid by young men in the region to their elders. Eventually they parted with a handshake. Holtorf has a rule never to pay bribes, but on this occasion it seemed like a wise move to seal the friendship with some notes.