With nicknames such as the “Hermit Kingdom”, many people believe that North doesn’t have any internet. Whilst it is definitely true to say that the internet situation in the DPRK is somewhat unique, North Korea not only has its own intranet, but is very much connected to Al Gore’s best invention, the WWW.
We personally communicate with our partners in North Korea via e-mail, North Korea has its own .KP address*, and North Korea has a number of very interesting and informative websites hosted directly from the DPR of Korea.
*The national top-level domain (‘TLD’: suffixes like ‘.com’ or ‘.co.uk’) of ‘.kp’ was introduced in 2007. Whilst not all North Korean websites are hosted on the .kp TLD just yet, most have made the transition. The .kp websites are administered by the Korean Computer Centre, and the first website to transfer to the .kp TLD was the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite websites from North Korea, with a few little North Korean Easter eggs thrown in for good measure.
Best North Korean news website
Whilst the KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) might get all the plaudits and quotes when it comes to news about North Korea, the main North Korean daily is the Rodung Sinmun (http://www.rodong.rep.kp/), and you know what they even have an English language version!
If you want a slightly less government-oriented version, then NKNews would be our Easter Egg on news from North Korea.
Best North Korean Business website
Manmulsang (http://www.manmulsang.com.kp) is a website that specializes in not only the many things available to export from North Korea (sanctions, anyone?), but also has a cool little travel section (kind of our thing).
We would also throw in Pioneers Korea (sound familiar) who specialize in the frosty world of doing business in the DPRK.
Best North Korean Travel website
Are we seriously going to suggest someone else has the best North Korean travel website? Well this is the best one based in Pyongyang. The NTA (National Tourism Authority of North Korea) http://www.tourismdprk.gov.kp/ is a great resource for travel to North Korea, and word to them, Young Pioneer Tours have a website from Pyongyang that links to us!
Government Websites of North Korea
We have put together a list of some of the most prominent North Korean government websites. Although small in comparison to many other countries a number of North Korean government agencies have an online presence in Korean, and on occasion also in English.
We have also included a few links to NGO’s, or people like Chongryon who although not ran from the DPRK, are close enough to warrant inclusion on the list.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – http://www.mfa.gov.kp
The most “senior” website of the DPRK (government wise) online. The website is in English, and Korean, and although it often carries similar content to other focal channels, occasionally makes official government announcements.
Financial Intelligence Agency – http://www.fia.law.kp
A truly fascinating website that represents the North Korea agency that overseas financial affairs, such as illegal payments. How the works in a sanctioned country is anyone’s guess. Not much on the website, and almost exclusively in Korean.
Maritime Administration of DPR Korea – http://www.ma.gov.kp
North Korean agency overseeing merchant shipping in the country in both English and Korean with a whole host of information about where ships are registered amongst other things.
DPRK Website Portal – http://www.dprkportal.kp
Website where technically at least you can look up all websites based in Pyongyang, or are using the .kp TLD. Korean language only, but with advertisements for various websites, as well as a contact e-mail and phone number.
Outside of Korea – Chongryon – http://www.chongryon.com/
Official portal in Korean and Japanese for the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, abbreviated to Chongryon. They represent the North Korean residents of Japan, and act as an unofficial embassy between the DPRK and Japan.
Best list of North Korean websites?
DPRK Portal Is a North Korean based website portal that lists all .KP addresses, no English version, and not always up date, but a good resource nonetheless.
Easter egg? Oh, we got a corker! www.DPRK.website, the truest of North Korean website lists there is!
Most random North Korean website
The Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front (http://www.aindft.com/) OK so this one isn’t hosted in North Korea, but this is the United Front based in South Korea (and banned) that is the only south Korean agency with an office in Pyongyang.
And that’s our very pocket-sized guide to all things internet and North Korea. For a full list of North Korean websites check out www.DPRK.website, or if you have any other sites we should include, get in touch..