North Korea is not a subject I usually talk about on the blog, because I don’t want to inadvertently draw attention to it, or somehow glorify it. However, I know people are curious about it because it’s such a closed society.
So, I found this recent video on Youtube of a weather report in North Korean television. I didn’t want to post any propaganda videos and such, so I thought this was a more innocuous choice:
From a cultural perspective, there’s all kinds of interesting little things to point out:
- The map shows the entire Korean peninsula, not just North Korea. Perhaps this reflects the sentiment that Korea will someday be united, or that there is only one Korea to begin with.
- Northern Korean language seems to sound louder and stronger than Southern Korean. Korean friends have told me the same thing. I once read too that defectors from the North are often singled out in South Korea because of their rough-sounding speech, but I can’t confirm this.
- The cities listed in the middle of the report are all North Korean cities of course. For some reason I found that fascinating since I never hear about those places in general.
Anyhow, that was about it. Just a tiny peek into another society that few ever visit. Now you can say you’ve seen a weather report from North Korea. :p