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."
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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