A man dines on a traditional Korean meal, composed of small dishes and rice. Prior to the Japanese occupation, the peninsula was divided into administrative provinces that largely retained regional cuisines. Today, the food around Pyongyang consists of grains and meat dishes designed for enduring the country's notoriously harsh winters. Food shortages are common in the Hermit Kingdom due to mismanagement and a lack of arable land.
Korea, Pyongyang early 20 C For a brief period in the early 20th century, after the 1910 fall of the original "Hermit Kingdom" -- the Choson dynasty and before the division of the Korean Peninsula in 1945, Pyongyang, then a provincial capital, was open and growing. These ...provide a window into Pyongyang before the Kim era, and give us a glimpse of some of the forces that shaped the North Korea we know today.
Two young boys play in front of a schoolhouse. The Japanese used education to erase Korean national identity in the latter part of their occupation; the Korean language was banned from schools and citizens were required to use Japanese names.