North Korea: 11 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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North Korea has been the center of the media’s attention for quite some time, but how much do you really know about it? Here, we present our list of 11 things you didn’t know about North Korea. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon! You might be surprised (and shocked) by what you find out.

Number Eleven: Marijuana Is Legal. Not only is marijuana legal in North Korea, but it is freely smoked in public! Marijuana, which is also called “leaf tobacco” there, often grows alongside roads, and it is not uncommon to smell it just walking down the street. Many young male military officials are known to smoke marijuana.

Number Ten: There Are 28 Legal Haircuts. You better think before going to the salon in North Korea, because there are only 28 legally approved haircuts. Men have their choice of 10 short haircuts while women have a choice of 18. However, married women must keep their hair short, but single women can grow their hair out long if they so desire.

Number Nine: The Country’s Leader Killed His Own Uncle. Kim Jong-un had his uncle executed by throwing him into a cage of starving dogs in 2013. According to Jong-un, his uncle was a “counter-revolutionary,” and he died for his actions. His image was erased from the media after he was executed, and his execution was witnessed by hundreds of officials.

Number Eight: You Can Be Sentenced to Death for Watching the Wrong Movie. Owning a bible, watching South Korean films, or distributing porn are all punishable by death in North Korea. In fact, Jong-un had 80 people publicly executed because they committed these crimes, and 10,000 people were ordered to watch their executions.

Number Seven: Balloon Bibles Are a Thing. Though owning a bible is illegal in North Korea, religious people in South Korea have figured out a way to send bibles to North Korea by air. People in South Korea attach bibles to balloons, poke holes in the balloons, and send them over the border so they will float over and drop to the ground for North Korean citizens to pick up. Stay tuned for part two our list of 11 things you didn’t know about North Korea, coming soon!

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