North Korea is one of the most bizarre countries on earth with no other countries or unions around to interfere.
They can enforce any laws they want on their people and these are the craziest of all of their laws.
No. 1 is Crying: It’s natural to cry when someone close to you like one of your parents or grandparents passes away but most people probably don’t cry when their nation’s leader passes away. In North Korea however this is not an option, the leader of North Korea is treated like a God and citizens have to pray to a statue of him every day. The current leader of North Korea is the infamous Kim Jong-un, however in 2011 the former leader and Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il died and all citizens were forced to attend his funeral service and they all had to cry, those who didn’t attend or even did attend and didn’t cry enough was sentenced to six months in a labor camp, which many ex-prisoners have compared to Hitler’s concentration camp. So there can be no one too manly and tough to cry in North Korea.
No. 2 is Fixed haircut patterns: Whenever you go to your barber or hair salon you get a lot of choices to get a new style, in North Korea you don’t have this choice not only do you have to get a conservative haircut you also have to pick from a government-approved selection of just 14 haircuts for men and women’s generously being allowed 18 haircuts. The country really seems to care about hair as in 2004 they released a six-part TV series called a Lettuce Trimmer Hair in accordance with a socialist lifestyle. The title might not be that catchy but with the lack of TV stations in North Korea the show pulls in a good amount of viewers, the government also have surveillance cameras in public places to catch people who don’t have state approved haircuts, to catch and punish any crazy rebels who decide to get their haircut a centimeter too short. (However this is not confirmed) but sure thing is it is illegal to dye your hair anything but black.
No. 3 No Holy Books Allowed: In America and many other parts of the world Bibles are everywhere and it wouldn’t be uncommon to see one in a bedroom through all in a hotel room, however in North Korea Bibles and any other religious practices are strictly ban and this includes other texts such as the Torah, Bhagwat Geeta and the Koran. The government are worried that people will learn that freedom exists as might even begin to worship religious figures rather from their country’s leader. If anyone is found with the Bible or other religious books, even if they are a tourist, is confiscated and they could face punishment if there are citizen or deportation if there are tourists. So if you are a devout Christian then I suggest not going to North Korea.
No. 4 is Limited TV Shows: TV is the biggest entertainment source throughout the world. Well in North Korea there’s only two television channels available but it’s not exactly HBO and ABC, the channels are owned and strictly controlled by the state and the purpose of both channels is to promotes North Korean propaganda. One of the channels shows public service announcements of propaganda, the other provides news. However the news is often inaccurate and revolves around promoting Kim Jong-un and of course criticizing and lying about the United States and its allies.
No. 5 is No Cars: I’m sure you can’t walk outside without seeing a car or two, well in North Korea if you walk outside chances are you won’t see any cars at all. Only certain people such as people working in government are allowed to own a car because they do have a comparable to the American cars of the 1970s, as North Korea hasn’t caught up with automobile technology, probably because the number of people who have cars in North Korea is so small, in fact only one in every 1,000 people own a car. To put that into perspective in the United States one in every 1.3 people own a car. In fact there’s such little traffic that people tend to just walk on the roads rather than on the sidewalk, as the chances of being hit by a car are pretty much zero.
No. 6 is Keep Working MF: Its always nice to relax after a long day’s work. However in North Korea there’s no room for free sign. Everyone must work at least 70 days straight and if they want to take a day off, they have to pay a lot of money. The citizens have a six-day Work Week with an extra full day of volunteer work, this means there’s no free time in North Korea. This is not so that to make their economy as good as they can make it, this is because North Korea doesn’t trade with other countries. And so their economy is very weak. North Korea sees people as resource and so simply use them for labor.
No. 7 is No Photography: If you go on vacation, there is no doubt you’ll want to take a few holiday snaps. But if you decide to take a trip to North Korea then you are going to come into some trouble if you want to photograph your vacation. It’s illegal for tourists to take photos of North Korean citizens if they are not dressed well. It’s also illegal to take any photos of people who are malnourished or poor images that show North Korea as being inefficient and not having enough resources are also not allowed. And of course the photos of their military and government buildings are also banned in North Korea, and despite the fact that the government spies on their people with cameras all over major towns. In most of the part the Citizens are banned from owning cameras unless they are Kim Jong-un’s appointed propaganda photographer. The DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone) is the only place in North Korea it’s legal for tourists to photograph soldiers. The soldiers are more than happy to take photos and crack a smile.
No. 8 is Women Soldiers: while you might think that a country so stuck in the times wouldn’t gives women many of Rights. North Korea do allow women in their army and have a whole unit dedicated to them, however this doesn’t mean that the female soldiers of North Korea have it easy to become a soldier. They have to go to a brainwashing military camp where they learn phrases such as We are killing Americans and when they graduate they have to work for hours and hours every day. They are frequently used in parades to make the country look good and as a result of this they have to have the exact same haircut and wear the same miniskirts uniforms. They are also often tied together by the neck with wire to keep them all in line and looking good in parades. It’s safe to say that this army is one of the most poorly treated in the world.
No. 9 is Family punishment: If you commit a crime you go to jail and then you’re released simple well. Things are very different in North Korea, if you commit a crime it’s not just you who suffers. The country has a law called Three Generations of Punishment, this means if someone commits a crime and not only would they be punished but their parents and their wife and kids will be… Regardless of your parents you may be old aged or your kids who may be young or even unborn. The whole family of a person who has broken one of those career strict rules, are sentenced to work in labor camps with no food or breaks and sadly most people’s aren’t going to make it out.
No. 10 is Voting: While North Korea is a dictatorship, meaning they have no choice over who their leader is. It’s the laws that every citizen has to vote otherwise they can be sent to a labor camp. And there is no option or choice for citizens, only one candidate – Kim Jong-un. No one else has the money, power or voice to run against him. And while there have been times when others have been listed on voting ballots as well as Kim, these were just fake political leaders that were made up to make North Korea looks more fair. North Korea’s official name is Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but it looks like their people don’t get much democracy.
Thank god i am born in India and writing for nFlicker Media, otherwise in NK i would have killed someone 😉