South Korea Thinks it Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And, indeed, they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones—if you want to call them drones, that is. Read More >>

South Korea and the US Exercise Their Military Brawn

South Korean marines storm the beach as smoke screens explode above them during a military exercise with the United States in Pohang on Monday. Read More >>

South Korea's Internet is More Oppressive Than You Think

There's been a lot of reaction in the past couple of weeks over news that South Korea is building a new broadband network that will be 50 times faster than the average connection in the United Kingdom. That's fast! Too bad South Koreans won't be able to use maps or access thousands of sites. Read More >>

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North Korea's State Computers Run This Delightful Mac OS X Knockoff

At first glance, this screen looks strangely familiar. The dock icons, the grey, rounded windows, the whole layout; it's Mac OS X, except not quite. The top-left icon is the giveaway. This ain't OS X, it's Red Star, North Korea's state-sanctioned operating system. And Version 3.0 looks very Mac-like. Read More >>

This is the Closest Thing to a North Korean Google Street View

North Korea remains one of the few places in the world that is untouched by Google Street View's all-seeing eye. But at least now, we can content ourselves with these fascinating, state-approved (i.e. likely censored) 360-degree shots from Singaporean photographer Aram Pan. Read More >>

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How One Group is Infiltrating North Korea With USB Drives and Balloons

North Korea is very famously closed off from the rest of the world, but one organisation, Fighters for a Free North Korea, is working to breach the walls of the regime by airdrop. But they're not using conventional means and fancy technology; they're delivering info via balloon, The Atlantic reports. Read More >>

Inside the Highest Hotel Rooms on Earth

Hey there, thrill-seeker. Do you like altitude? Do you like views? Well, why not book a night in one of the tallest hotels on Earth? Read More >>

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Kim Jong-Un Executed His Uncle By Feeding Him to "Cage of Starved Dogs"

We're well aware that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is more than a bit crazy, but if you were under any illusions that he'd avoided inheriting his father's evil streak, this will come as a bit of a shock; Remember his recently-executed uncle? Yeah, he had him fed to dogs. Read More >>

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Kim Jong-un "Very Drunk" When Ordering Executions

In the wake of a string of executions of government officials in North Korea, Japanese Newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered at least two of the executions whilst drunk. Read More >>

North Korea Sent a Threatening Communiqué to South Korea Via Fax

Nothing says "we're serious about this" like a fax. Or at least that's what officials in Pyongyang seem to think. Yesterday morning, South Korean officials received a fax that warned, ironically, of attacks "without warning." I guess the first one was a freebie. Read More >>

Kim Jong-un Airbrushes "Traitor" Uncle From Official Documentary

Given his long, illustrious career as the world's premier totalitarian Photoshop expert, it should come as no surprise that, after sentencing his own uncle to execution, Kim Jong-un has ordered that the rumoured counter-revolutionary be airbrushed out of a state-sponsored documentary. Read More >>

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A Wonderfully Detailed 16 Page Review of North Korea's Weirdo Tablet

When we first heard about North Korea's Android based tablet a few months ago we laughed at first. But once we dug into the specs we did a double take. This thing didn't sound half bad! Read More >>

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North Korea Used Camo Paint to Disguise Civilian Planes as Military

Having been burned when it used Photoshop to make its military seem more mighty, North Korea has apparently gone the analogue route. That "military cargo plane" from a few weeks back? Nothing more than a short loan from Air Koryo and a cheap coat of camo. Read More >>

7 Bizarrely Fascinating Videos From a North Korean Travel Agency

By now it's pretty well established that most attempts at public outreach by North Korea feel like a real-life uncanny valley, a pastiche of a happy kingdom. Still, it's hard not to feel a renewed sense of simultaneous awe and unease while watching the fascinatingly bizarre YouTube channel of Koryo Tours, a Beijing-based travel agency specialising in trips to North Korea. Read More >>

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Explore the Ghostly Cityscapes of North Korea In this Creepy Timelapse

Want to visit North Korea? No? Well the Koryo Group—the world's leading DPRK travel specialist—aims to change your mind with this timelapse. Is it working?
We've seen some strange videos of the North Korean otherworld come out before—through the magic of Instagram video—but this timelapse from the Koryo Group gives a more macro (but still weird) glimpse into what seems almost like a different universe. It's a far cry from the bustling urban timelapses you typically see. Read More >>

North Korean Troll Army Paid to Slag Off the South

While trolling is only something of a hobby for us here in the Western world, people in North Korea are able to make a career out of it, thanks to the communist government hiring people specifically to attack its South Korean neighbours online. Read More >>


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