What is life like in the enigmatic country that North Korea is? 

When someone asked this question on Quora, a lot of people came forward to share their experience of visiting the Kim Jong-un regime. From traveling in the North Korean airlines to bowing down to Kim Il-sung, here’s everything that you need to know about North Korea.


Air Koryo planes are mostly old refurbished Soviet aircrafts that have retained most of their old features such as open overhead storage spaces. 

There’s an official newspaper in the plane which claims Kim Jong-un to be the inventor of all the technologies, including tractors and mobile phones.

Dan Sloan

North Korean citizens are also required to put on the Kim Il-Sung pins in public. 


There’s a blackout almost every night and the whole city of Pyongyang goes dark, except for the monuments and buildings. 

North Korea apparently struggles with electricity shortage which leads to power cut during the night.

Dan Sloan

The North-Korean intranet is called Kwangmyong which, quite obviously, hosts only ideologically acceptable content.

Dan Sloan

Kim Il Sung is omnipresent in North Korea. 

Here’s a picture of Kim Il Sung giving a victory speech.

Ryan Romanchuk

A photograph of Kim Il Sung smiling.

Interestingly, the North Korean calendar, called the  Juche calendar, begins from the date when Kim Il Sung was born i.e 15 April, 1912. 

Ryan Romanchuk

Kim Il Sung’s portrait adorns the wall of almost every building there.

Ryan Romanchuk

The tourists are also taken to the birthplace of Kim Il Sung and the local guides assume that the world is familiar with his birthplace and well-versed in his writings. 

Ryan Romanchuk

Contrary to its name, the Transit Museum in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea, is not even remotely related to the exhibition of the transport system of North Korea. 

In reality, it’s dedicated to all the times Kim Il Sung got on a train and went somewhere, or said something about a train, or pointed at a train.

Dan Sloan

The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun is where Kim Il Sung lies. There’s a separate dress code for men and women. His body lies inside a glass. The “Kim Il Sung Song” (North Korea’s unofficial national anthem) plays in the background. The visitors are expected to walk around him and bow once on each side.


There’s a festival called the Arirang Mass Games which is held every year in Pyongyang. It’s apparently a huge propaganda show for the regime with around 100,000 people participating in it. It is an hour and a half long which tells the propagandized story of North Korea and its many accomplishments.

Dan Sloan

TV channel broadcasts the Kim Il Sung show all the time. There are no ATMs, and credit and debit cards can’t be used.

Dan Sloan

There’s a variety of Korean food including Korean BBQ, bipbimbap, hot pot, and a local speciality called “Pyongyang cold noodles.” The local beer is apparently really good.

Ryan Romanchuk

The hatred for the United States is evident everywhere in the DPRK. An informational video on USS Pueblo (the US spy ship captured by North Korean forces in 1968) ends with “…and that’s why we must annihilate the US Imperialists.”


This is how the DMZ (demilitarized zone) looks like from North Korea.

Dan Sloan

Well, that’s just a glimpse into the communist dictatorship.

Based on Quora answers by Dan Sloan & Ryan Romanchuk.