This is awesome: North Korean children play guitar perfectly in sync!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Video on Wednesday 4 February 2015

Some call it crazy, others call it creepy, but we reckon these North Korean guitar players are absolutely perfect. In this live TV performance, kindergarten-aged children strum on ridiculously oversized guitars completely in sync. This group of adorable kids play like professionals, their little fingers playing perfectly in tune.

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North Korea seen through David Guttenfelder’s Instagram snaps

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 28 December 2013

Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder has been able to capture never-before-seen images of North Korea and share then on Instagram. Recently North Korea relaxed their laws surrounding the internet so foreigners are now allowed to carry their phones ‘with an activated 3G network’. Guttenfelder explains his motivation behind the snapshots: ‘Through social media, I’m trying […]

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North Korea’s very first themed water park

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 15 November 2013

When you’re running a small nation of 25 million people, there are a few things that are non-negotiables in your to-do list. A working democracy and proper human rights laws? Nope! Not included. I’ll tell you what is: a waterpark! The Munsu Water Park is the first ever water theme park in North Korea. Here […]

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North Korean artists do paintings of contemporary China as a socialist utopia

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By Darragh Field in New Art on Thursday 7 November 2013

For their exhibition The Beautiful Future at Beijing Design Week, Nick Bonner and Dominic Johnson-Hill commissioned paintings of modern China from North Korean artists. The results were these remarkable pictures. At first glance they have the naivety of 1950s Americana, but on further examination, they seem to have been purposefully composed to capture a national […]

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Does David Guttenfelder have the world’s best Instagram account?

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By Alexander Hotz in New Photography on Wednesday 23 October 2013

David Guttenfelder is the Associated Press’ chief Asia photographer. Currently he has the impossibly cool gig of being being the world’s literal window into North korea. Guttenfelder posts some of his coolest snapshots on Instagram. If you’re not following him you are failing at life. Do it now.

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North Korea’s Hotel of Doom: the worst building in the history of the world?

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Architecture on Wednesday 13 February 2013

Arguably the worst building in the history of the world, the unfinished Ryugyong Hotel has marred North Korea’s Pyongyang’s skyline for over 20 years. Looming over the city, the ominous pyramid serves as a reminder of the former Soviet presence in the city. Currently, Egyptian architects have resumed construction of The Hotel of Doom, enclosing […]

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Kim Jong Number Un Twitter feed

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 4 August 2012

‘I used to be an unemployed twentysomething still living at home’, declares @KimJongNumberUn on his Twitter bio. ‘Now I have nuclear weapons. It’s all good, yo’. The faux Twitter feed of North Korea’s current supreme leader is voraciously updated with random tweets, most of which are quite epic.

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Instagram photos of North Korea by French artist JR

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By Elizabeth Hosking in New Photography on Wednesday 16 May 2012

French social activist, public artist and photographer, JR, has captured North Korea via Instagram. North Korean authorities strongly disapprove of picture taking in public, so this series of snaps is rather impressive, and makes an interesting use of the popular iPhone lens.

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North Korean Girl Dancing with Small Hat

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Video on Saturday 26 March 2011

I can’t dance when Royksopp is thumping out of my stereo. I can’t dance when my feet are burning on hot Bondi cement. I can’t dance at the best of times, let alone the worst of times. So I am in awe of this girl, who can not only dance, but do it with a […]

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Noko Jeans

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By Melissa Banigan in New Fashion on Wednesday 9 December 2009

Will you be visiting Stockholm in the near future? If so, be amongst the first to pick up a pair of Noko Jeans, manufactured in the anti-social country, North Korea, and marketed in Sweden. 1100 pairs of these novelty jeans were made for girls and boys to wear around the world — except, of course, […]

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Inside a North Korean Arcade

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By Gerry Mak in Cool Travel on Friday 23 October 2009

Gaming blog UK Resistence just posted rare photos of an arcade in Pyongyang. The dingy, poorly-maintained building and game consoles remind me a lot of an arcade I went to in Beijing in the early 90s, although slightly more depressing.

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