Culture of North Korea

The contemporary culture of North Korea is based on traditional Korean culture, but developed since the establishment of North Korea in 1948. North Korea is enriched with various cultural issues and events. The lifestyle of North Korean People is full of festivities and holidays. The colorful events make North Korea an interesting land for the outskirt travelers to visit and explore in excitement. The cultural fests of Northern Korea are both traditional (celebrated according to Lunar calendars) and regional. For the prolong engagement in war-fronts North Korea culture was shattered due to the loss of lives and barren-ness in cultural productivity and celebrations.

North Korea derived Buddhist religion from some part in India, and has switched into Buddhism. Till now the birth of Buddha and other Buddhist celebrations are celebrated by the people of North Korea with huge affections. North Korea Culture is also reflected in the rural and urban lifestyle of the country. Farming, forestry, art and craft are all parts of North Korea culture that highlights on their way of life and simultaneously gives a clear view of their society to foreign people.

Handicrafts, culture of dry wine, traditional fests, local sports, cuisine of various types including rice-cake, are all part of North Korea Culture that makes this country distinguished in Asia. The most distinct and impressive form of contemporary cultural expression in North Korea is architecture and city planning. P’yongyang, almost completely destroyed by the United States during the Korean War, has been rebuilt on a grand scale. Many new buildings have been constructed during the 1980s and 1990s in order to enhance P’yongyang’s status as a capital. Major structures are divided architecturally into three categories: monuments, buildings that combine traditional Korean architectural motifs and modern construction, and high-rise buildings of a modern design.

North Korea is famous for its “mass games”. These are exhibitions where thousands of North Koreans perform highly choreographed dances, especially traditional dances and gymnastics, often engaging in simultaneous rhythms of movement.

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