Top 6 curiosities and facts about North Korea
Marijuana is not a drug
In addition to the fact that in North Korea, Marijuana is well known by the population. There is no taboo when the drug is consumed Many residents know the drug well and smoke regularly. Furthermore what is strictly prohibited there is the usage or the distribution of crystal drug as methamphetamine. It is sentenced to death, but marijuana does not enter the drug list.The plant is not considered a drug and residents consume it freely.
In North Korea is the year 102
The Juche calendar was adopted in 1997 and is based on Kim Il Sung’s birthday, April 15, 1912. This moment is known as 1 juche and the calendar works just like the Gregorian calendar.
The ghost town at the border
According to the Korean government, the city of Kijongdong, which is located in the demilitarized area, has about 200 flats, a kindergarten, a school and a hospital. But rumors circulate that the city is a provocation, ie it is built to encourage them to cross the border.
The tallest hotel in the world (unfinished)
With 105 floors, the Ryugyong hotel was conceived as the world’s tallest hotel in the 1980s. But his construction stopped in 1992, when the country embarked on a deep economic crisis, following the fall of the Soviet Union. Japanese media have estimated that the cost of the hotel is 750 million, virtually 2 percent of North Korea’s GDP. For a decade, the hotel remained suspended until an inspection team determined that the building was unrecoverable.
The biggest stadium in the world
With a capacity of 150,000 seats, the May Day stadium is the largest in the world. In addition to football and athletics matches, he is also used for demonstrations in honor of the communist leader. The stadium is located in Penian and was built in 1989.
North Korea is not a “communist country”
In 2009, the references linking the country with communism were removed from the Korean constitution. “Juche” became official state philosophy, replacing Marxism-Leninism when the Constitution was adopted in 1972. Created by Kim Il-sung, the Constitution says North Korean people aim at developing the country with an emphasis on politics, economics, and protection.