In the dark


Some time ago, I saw a satellite image of North Korea that was taken by a NASA astronaut in space. There was a stark contrast between North Korea and South Korea, with South Korea being lit up by many lights, whereas North Korea was almost completely devoid of lights.

North Korea is said to suffer from consistent power shortages due to the lack of development. The only exception was a small light source from Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea. It is said that in a museum in Pyongyang, the Kim portraits are placed near a light source 24/7, out of reverence for the past Kim leaders, and fear that the leaders will ‘feel cold’ in the middle of the night.

It is mindboggling how in North Korea, there is greater reverence for inanimate pictures than for its people.




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Currently living and pursuing my undergraduate studies in South Korea.

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