North Korea

March 13, 2017|

North Korea: A High Price

Shopping at a supermarket in Pyongyang is unlike other activities in the Hermit Kingdom or shopping nearly anywhere else in the world.

November 16, 2016|

A North Korean State of Mind

More than 10 years ago, a British filmmaker received unprecedented access to film in Pyongyang. The documentary he made is an engaging portal into everyday life in North Korea.

May 30, 2013|

Photos From The Edge

Grantee Tomas Van Houtryve was granted entry to North Korea, but he knew the scripted scenes he shot weren’t telling the real story.

May 18, 2013|

Tracing North Korea's Borders

Starkly different from the carefully orchestrated scenes in Pyongyang, the landscapes along North Korea's borders are at turns porous and paranoid.

May 10, 2013|

DMZ: Stuck in Neutral

With a delegation marooned inside the no man's land between North and South Korea since 1953, Switzerland maintains fragile ties with the North.

October 25, 2016

Humanizing the Hermit Kingdom: Leisure in North Korea

Laya Maheshwari

Going to the cinema. Playing in a water park. Shopping at a supermarket. These are leisure activities mundane in many societies, but do people in Pyongyang experience them in the same way?

April 16, 2012

Borderland: In the Shadow of North Korea

Tomas van Houtryve

With the same ruthless skill it uses to keep its population in check, North Korea also keeps journalists in the dark. But much can be learned from the outside looking in.

June 17, 2011

North Korea's Addicting Export: Crystal Meth

Isaac Stone Fish, Sean Gallagher

Cheap, available, and an antidote to hunger, crystal meth appears to be becoming the drug of choice both in North Korea, and in its porous border region with China.