Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

Short Name PRK
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Tel: +850 2 18 111 999 8164, +850 2 381 4164

Fax: +850 2 381 4403

Email PRK@star-co.net.kp
Capital Pyongyang
Language Korean
Population 23,301,725
Area 120,540 km²
Calling code +850
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ABOUT

DPR Korea, means the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, otherwise known as North Korea. It situated in Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Yellow Sea, between China and South Korea.

It gained independence from Japan on 15 August 1945. The capital city is Pyongyang.

Its main exports are Minerals, metals, cement and agricultural products.

CULTURE

Previously when occupied by Japan the people were forced to learn and speak Japanese, adopt the Japanese family name system and forbidden to write or speak the Korean language in schools, businesses, or public places.

In addition, the Japanese altered or destroyed various Korean monuments including Gyeongbok Palace and documents which portrayed the Japanese in a negative light were revised.

Therefore today the Culture is officially protected by the North Korean government after the attempt of repression by the Japanese.

Large buildings committed to culture have been built, such as the People's Palace of Culture or the Grand People's Palace of Studies, both in Pyongyang.

These are not only a work of art but a reflection into the beauty of the culture.

Outside the capital, there's a major theatre in Hamhung and in every city there are State-run theatres and stadiums.

CLIMATE

The winter season, from December to March, is long and cold; the average temperatures in January range between 21° F in the south and -8° F in the north. The summer is warm, with above 68° F in most places. Accordingly, the temperatures can be drastically different.

RELIGION

Traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo

SPORTS

A popular event in North Korea is the Mass Games. The most recent and largest Mass Games was called "Arirang". It was performed six nights a week for two months, and involved over 100,000 performers.

The Mass Games involve performances of dance, gymnastic, and choreographic routines which celebrate the history of North Korea and the Workers' Party Revolution.

The Mass Games are held in Pyongyang at various venues.

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NEWS

Sports competition for health workers opens in DPR Korea 24 Apr 2018

Pyongyang, DPR Korea, April 24, 2018: The sixth sports competition for public health workers opened at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Thursday, April 19 and will run through to Tuesday, May 1, reports th.....

DPRK NOC President visits IOC 19 Dec 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 19, 2017: The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, received the President of the NOC of the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea, Kim Il Guk,.....

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