North Korea is poor? We are all played! Look at the luxurious life of North Korean rich people
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An Canri (transliteration) is 63 years old and has lived in North Korea for a long time. He said: "People who make money in business need more consumption channels, such as cars, massages, lotteries and pets."
Choi Sung Min previously ran a ship service company in North Korea and now lives in South Korea. He said that wealthy people in North Korea started drinking coffee last year. “In order to look cooler, young people such as rich people and college students like to meet people in coffee shops.”
German barista Niels Weissenze, a member of the non-governmental organization "Korea Exchange", said: "No one has to drink coffee, no one has to spend money on it, but people do. This is what is happening in Pyongyang. Things, this is a change."
Not only Pyongyang, but North Korea's consumption boom also extends to other cities. Bustling markets or train stations have more coffee stalls, and wearing gold and silver jewelry has become a symbol of identity and status.
About one-tenth of North Korea’s nearly 2500 million people already use mobile phones. Some state-owned factories have also increased the types of daily necessities and added some non-essential goods to meet the needs of the people.
The Korea National Unification Research Institute said that there are more and more wealthy people in North Korea, and some wealthy people use their money to hire private English teachers for their children or buy foreign clothing.
People’s impression of North Korea nowadays always feels very poor, because North Korea’s economy has been sanctioned by the international community due to the development of its military power and the use of limited resources and funds for high-consumption nuclear weapons and means of delivery. A large number of military forces are on the verge of collapse. Therefore, North Korea has shown itself as closed and poor.
This new wealthy class loves the magnificence of the Yanggakdo Hotel, and is keen on the fresh sea breeze of the Matian Beach, and loves buying luxury goods at the "Begonia Flower Pavilion" shopping mall that Kim Jong Un has inspected.
Luxury cars, famous watches, and famous bags are not rare for many rich North Koreans. Those who got rich first represent the other side of North Korea.
Even in the early 2000s, these recreational facilities were still called the "yellow wind of capitalism" and were banned in North Korea.
However, with the penetration of capitalism among the people, these facilities are not only in Pyongyang, but also gradually appear in other places. Especially since two or three years ago, there has been a wave of weight loss among some privileged classes, and gyms have been built in many places.
There are only a handful of relatively high-end hotels in North Korea. On the tourist map that introduces Pyongyang, only the Korea Hotel and Yanggakdo Hotel are marked as special-class hotels. There are other first-class hotels, such as Pyongyang Hotel and Youth Hotel.
These hotels all spend foreign exchange such as U.S. dollars, euros, and Japanese yen. The hotel serves traditional Korean cuisine, dog meat dishes, Chinese food, etc. There are leisure tea houses, coffee shops, entertainment projects include simulated golf training grounds or indoor training machines, billiards, fitness classes include swimming pools, saunas and gyms, and a bookstore And shops selling exotic products.
In recent years, this place has gradually ceased to be an exclusive place for foreigners, and many North Koreans have also begun to enter and exit frequently, using foreign currencies for meals, entertainment, and consumption.
A data in 2009 showed that North Korea’s imports of art and antiques also increased tenfold. Other commodities such as perfumes, furs and cosmetics are also on the rise.
It can be seen that not all people in North Korea live in poverty, and the so-called "five kinds of people" constitute the high-spending population in North Korea. Many of them are people who hold power or can connect with the government. Seeing the mystery, of course no one is rich than Kim Jong-un.
Article reproduced from Phoenix Video
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