Bizarre Things That Only Exist In North Korea
North Korea is very different than anywhere else in the world, to put it mildly. While other countries get more connected, North Korea pushes itself further away. Here are some of the weirdest things that only exist in this Asian nation.
North and South Korea are separated by a thin strip of land serving as a buffer, since the two countries are technically still at war with each other. It's called the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. South Korea built a village on its side of the DMZ, meant to show North Koreans how great life could be if they escaped. The residents who live there get major perks, like paying fewer taxes, free farmland, exemption from compulsory military service, an incredible school system, and abnormally large household incomes.
North Korea also built a propaganda town, known as "Peace Village," just in case anyone actually wants to defect to the totalitarian regime. Unlike the South Korean version, this village is a complete sham. First and foremost, no one lives there despite North Korea's claim that it houses 200 people. While there are houses, schools, daycare, and a hospital, every building is just a concrete shell. Lights turn on and off, but observers say that they seem to be on an automatic timer. The only human activity is people brought in to sweep the streets and sometimes tend the surrounding fields to keep it looking nice.
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Propaganda village | 0:15
The traffic brigade | 1:25
Their own basketball rules | 2:30
Their own calendar | 3:51
Human fertilizer | 4:44