20 Crazy Things You Must Know Before Traveling To North Korea
North Korea is a mythical country, meaning that, due to the lack of information, a lot of myths have been created about it. However, some of them eventually turned out to be true.
Known to be the world’s most secretive state, North Korea has some terrible laws. ‘Terrible’ would be an understatement as it takes away the basic rights of its people and forces some bizarre totalitarian rules on them.
Here are 20 things that’ll get you in trouble in the state-run country.
1. It is forbidden to wear blue jeans
If you can afford jeans, you can wear them. But the denim should be black because blue jeans are prohibited. In North Korea, they embody world imperialism. However, if you are a tourist, nobody will say a word to you, but you’ll have to change when visiting the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il memorial.
2. North Korea only has Three TV channels
North Koreans have only three channels and have to sit through them because they have no choice. Two of these channels are only available on weekends, while the other is broadcast in the evenings. Because of this, South Korean soap operas are among the most popular items smuggled in. Everything that goes on the channel is controlled by the government.
North Korean people are also not allowed to listen to Western music. So no Taylor Swift for these guys, unless she’s singing about how great Kim Jong-un is.
3. There is no access to the World Wide Web or Wi-Fi
North Korea doesn’t have the world wide web, rather a portal to state-run propaganda. Though it is not quite the internet, more of an intranet called “Kwangmyong.“
All the international websites are banned, and if you are not a high-ranker, you will never be allowed to visit them. The local operating system ”Red Star” in its latest version reminds one of MacOS X. They say it was done due to Kim Jong-un’s fondness for Apple products.
As for Wi-Fi, it simply doesn’t exist. Mobile devices don’t even have access to “Kwangmyong.” Chinese tablets produced for North Korea don’t have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth modules. They are just not needed.
4. Foreigners can’t use local currency
Tourists are not allowed to use the local national currency of North Korean wons. In local shops for foreigners, one can pay with euros, yuans, South Korean wons, and even US dollars. It is prohibited to buy anything from the shops for local Koreans. Moreover, foreigners are prohibited even to enter such shops. Who knows why?…