The country with its prohibitions.
North Korea — a country of mythical. In the sense that due to lack of information about it are the myths, many of which, however, have a very real basis.
We decided to learn what things not available or limited in the most closed country in the world, and many of them, I must admit, really surprised us.
1. Don’t wear blue jeans
If you can afford jeans, no one will forbid you to wear them. That only denim can only be black, because blue jeans is prohibited — it is believed that these popular worldwide pants represent the whole world imperialism. However, tourists may well go in jeans sky-blue, but to visit the monument of Kim Il sung and Kim Jong Il still have to change.
2. There is no possibility to access the Internet and use Wi-Fi
North Korea has computers and Internet. More precisely, the intranet — the internal computer network of “Qianmen”, which, according to various estimates, recorded from 1 000 to 5 500 sites. Naturally, about any access to the websites of other countries can not be and speeches, unless you are a senior person. By the way, the local operating system “Red star” in the latest version reminiscent of MacOS X. they said it was made in favor of Kim Jong Ynu, experiencing love for Apple products.
But Wi-Fi in North Korea does not exist. And mobile devices are equipped with output even in the “Qianmen”, the ordinary people of the country. In addition, Chinese tablets, adapted for the DPRK, remove the modules Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — just unnecessary.
3. The local currency is not available for foreigners
Tourists coming to North Korea, you cannot use the national currency — North Korean won. At your local stores intended for foreigners who are calculated is Euro, the yuan, South Korean won, and, oddly enough, dollars. But to buy something in the shop that shop the Koreans themselves, it is impossible — moreover, foreigners, not even to cross their threshold.
4. In Korea you cannot buy a property
Flats in North Korea, not sell (at least officially), the state distributes. And to move from the countryside to Pyongyang is almost impossible — such a privilege awarded only selected, and then only for special services. However, on the black market, which seems to have captured today all spheres of life in this country, to buy an apartment all for $ 70-90 thousand here is the official salary of an ordinary Korean, how to say the refugees, no more than $ 4. Per month.
5. To buy a car is almost impossible
The owner of a private car — by North Korean standards, a very rich or very influential people. The cost of four-wheel vehicles, which are still a luxury, is exorbitant for the amount of Koreans — according to this website it is about $ 40 thousand, Even the bike is not available to all and does not occur very often, especially if we are not talking about Pyongyang. So much so that each of them has its own number, like a car.
6. It is impossible to take in the library the newspaper a few years ago
Find in library newspaper, which came out a few years ago, impossible. The fact that the course of the workers ‘ party of Korea was subject to change, what to know Korean people are not necessarily. Foreign periodicals, especially magazines, for obvious reasons not even worth it. But daily Newspapers do not need to buy — they can be read on special racks on the street or in the subway.
7. You can not buy religious literature
North Korea — the country is 100% secular. No, religion is not forbidden, at least at the legislative level. Moreover, even in Pyongyang there is a Christian Church, but it is a kind of Potemkin villages, which, among other things, are under the watchful eye of the state.
On the other hand, Christianity, for example, is a rival “religion” Juche, therefore, to put it mildly, is not welcomed. There are also Buddhist temples, but they are considered mainly as historical and cultural monuments.
8. It is impossible to call abroad with local SIM cards
Cell phones have ceased to be in North Korea, a rarity. However, despite the availability of mobile communication, to call to another country or even a foreigner residing in Korea, ordinary Koreans cannot. All local SIM cards are only for calls within the country. You never know what.
9. I do not get to take a hot shower at home
Hot water supply in homes and apartments North Koreans there to wash, they usually visit the baths, of which there are many. In addition, to warm their hands on the radiators too, will fail — they simply do not exist. For heating use stove running on wood. Even in Pyongyang.
Someone might argue that Central heating is not in other Asian countries. However, there are using modern electric heaters, but in North Korea, as you know, electricity in the capital is supplied intermittently.
10. In stores you cannot buy Coca-Cola
Until 2015, there were only 2 countries where it was officially implemented a ban on the sale of this popular soda: Cuba and North Korea. After the drink was allowed to sell on liberty Island, the Northern part of the Korean Peninsula was the only place in the world where it is not on the store shelves exclusively for ideological reasons.
11. It is impossible to travel to another country
The North Koreans can’t buy a plane ticket and go on vacation to another country. And not just because it is expensive, but because it is simply prohibited.
However, the ban imposed on free movement inside the country — to go to visit relatives in another village or city, you need to get permission. Sometimes the Koreans, however, travel abroad to China or Russia, but in order to earn.
12. North Korea has no McDonald’s
In North Korea is not the usual fast food restaurants for obvious reasons. Recently, however, on the streets of Pyongyang to meet with stratocom tents that sell traditional Korean food, including the world-famous kimchi. They say that it is very tasty and incredibly spicy.
13. Foreigners are not allowed to photograph without permission and speak with the locals
Of course, contrary to popular belief, conversation with a foreigner in North Korea is not put in jail and certainly not shot. However, in the case of such a contact “guilty” have a serious conversation with a representative of the local intelligence services. If you try to talk to themselves or to passers-by to photograph him, he probably will run away from you.
Anyway to take pictures in the DPRK, everything is impossible — the guide that puts all foreigners, will not allow this to be done. Especially if we are talking about military objects (which then classifies almost everything) or “darker” side of life.
14. It is almost impossible to buy condoms and hygiene products
It’s hard to believe, but many North Koreans do not even know about the existence of condoms. A few decades ago, they appeared on the black market, however due to these causes was not very popular, and now buy them inside the country is almost impossible — due to lack of demand.
In addition, such an intimate thing as normal tampons, which without any problems can buy around the world, not to find in Korean stores — at least those that are designed for local residents. As incredible as it may sound nowadays, but women here are forced to use the usual cloth — and she’s not even disposable.
15. The DPRK is unlikely to make a creative haircut
It’s not that’s not true, but still an exaggeration. Yeah, the local hairdresser has photos of male and female haircuts, but they are still Advisory in nature. On the other hand, the fashion largely determines the leader of the country, so many men wear the exact same haircut as Kim Jong-UN. Women have the same “hit” became the caret length to the chin and thanks to Kim Jong Ynu, mentioned that this haircut really suits Korean ladies.
Bonus: Radio North Korea
North Korea has several television and radio channels, satellite transmission, films, theatrical productions and more. However, all of them in one degree or another politicized and connected with the situation in the country and abroad and praise of all three KIMS.