A Weather Report in North Korea

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


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

2 thoughts on “A Weather Report in North Korea”

  1. I lived in ROK for a year, long ago. What little of the language I learned is long gone*, but I listened to the radio a lot and think I got a feel for the sound of it. She sounds like she’s emoting, like she’s reciting a poem or famous speech. About like an American might sound when reciting the Gettysburg Address. Not like the ROK radio announcers at all, except when they’re giving their station and program identifiers.

    *except for yakimandu, no-one forgets that.


    1. Hi Eadwacer and welcome to the JKLLR.

      Thanks a lot for your input. I am basing that on what folks told me, but I admit I don’t have much first-hand experience.

      Given the North’s tendency toward drama, I am not surprised to hear that the announcer might be emoting. :p

      Thanks again


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