How An Architect Who Has Never Left North Korea Imagines The Future

North Korea's architecture is truly fascinating, influenced by the need to rebuild Pyongyang in the wake of the Korean War and the nation's relative isolation. What happens when an architect who has never been outside North Korea designs futuristic buildings to accommodate tourists visiting their country? » 8/07/14 5:00pm 8/07/14 5:00pm

North Korea's Modern Architecture, Designs From An Alternate Universe

The North Korean capital of Pyongyang was largely razed during the Korean War and the buildings that rose up from the ashes provide some of the most striking examples of socialist architecture. And more recent architects in the cloistered nation have added grandiose—though sometimes unfinished—landmarks to its urban… » 7/31/14 3:20pm 7/31/14 3:20pm

​​If There's A Nuclear Arms Race In Asia, Don't Blame North Korea

In a recent interview, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said, "It would be difficult for us to prevent a nuclear domino from occurring in this area," were North Korea to conduct another test. But one analyst argues that if a nuclear arms race were to occur, it's China that should be singled out for blame. » 6/02/14 10:20am 6/02/14 10:20am

Why Is North Korea So Eager To Join The Effort Against Climate Change?

Whether it's testing nuclear weapons or threatening its neighbors, North Korea isn't known for working and playing well with the global community. Yet, the Hermit Kingdom has a sterling record of compliance as a party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. What's going on here, Dear Leader? » 5/16/14 1:20pm 5/16/14 1:20pm

Instagram Photos Give A Rare Look At Life Inside North Korea

North Korea remains a grim enigma — a lone totalitarian state that few outsiders manage to visit. We glimpse military parades and marvel at the colorful propaganda, but we seldom get much of a sense of what it's like to live there. But these Instagram photos give a remarkably vivid look at ordinary life in North Korea. » 3/26/14 3:50pm 3/26/14 3:50pm

The Retro-Futuristic Spectacle of Military Parades in North Korea

From the eccentric nationalist symbols, to the precision marching, these images capture the retro-futuristic pathos of North Korean military parades. In them, we see a country struggling to enter the future while also remaining isolated from the social and political changes of the world around it. » 8/13/13 3:56pm 8/13/13 3:56pm

North Korea blows up the U.S. Capitol building in this latest batshit…

North Korea, in a hilariously absurd act of chest pounding fury, has released a four-minute propaganda clip depicting the White House under attack. Entitled, "Firestorms Will Rain on the Headquarters of War," the video is yet another example of the disturbing — and seemingly inexplicable — rhetoric that's suddenly… » 3/21/13 11:19am 3/21/13 11:19am

No, the North Korean government did not claim it found evidence of…

Yesterday, we wrote about a story that's been making the rounds across the blogosphere: that North Korea discovered the lair of a Kirin (or Qilin), a mythical creature often associated with the Western unicorn. However, while North Korea's claim is about a place called Kiringul, which translates to "Kirin's Grotto,"… » 12/01/12 1:00pm 12/01/12 1:00pm

In news that is indisputably, 100% true, North Korea found a "unicorn…

People give North Korea a hard time, mostly because its ruler is a lunatic whose people live in poverty while enduring countless human rights violations. But has anyone ever stopped and considered that maybe that's how a divine creator might want things to be? Because otherwise, why would he/she/it put the world's… » 11/30/12 6:30pm 11/30/12 6:30pm

World's deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs

Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. » 4/28/12 8:00am 4/28/12 8:00am