North Korea invented its own time zone, called “Pyongyang Time,” which is 30 minutes behind South Korea and Japan. They started using it again in 2015 in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation. Pyongyang Time was used before the Japanese rule.
There are nearly 6 million people in the North Korean Reserves in the worker/peasant guard. And if you’re one of the majority unlucky ones, you’ll get a government stipend of a couple potatoes per meal, raw corn kernels or plain rice.
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In 2014, the CIA World Factbook reported that the North Korean annual GDP was $1,800 per person. That’s not even enough to live for one month in a lot of places in the US! In South Korea it’s close to $40,000 per person.
Even your haircut isn’t free from government control in North Korea. Unmarried women are required to have short hair, while young men can’t have their hair be more than two inches long. Older men can have their hair as long as 2 ¾ inches, however.
The North Korean government built the town of Kijong-dong right along the border with South Korea after the Korean War. It's meant to look like it's inhabited by a couple hundred families, when in reality, no one actually lives there at all! It was built to encourage defectors to come to the North.