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25 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About North Korea

A world with unicorns, no traffic lights, and a happy American veteran.

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Surprisingly, pot is not considered an illegal substance in the otherwise strict country. Travel blogger/reporter Darmon Richter documented his alleged marijuana purchase while in North Korea.

BuzzFeed has reached out to Richter for further confirmation.

This post originally erroneously stated that there "aren't any traffic lights" in North Korea.



After the Korean War, Joseph Dresnok crossed over the mine-laden border into North Korea. He met three other U.S. soldiers doing the same thing. However, Dresnok was the only one who chose to stay. He admitted, "I feel at home...I wouldn't trade it for nothing."


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Two of which are only available on weekends, while the other is broadcast in the evenings. Because of this, South Korean soap operas are among the most popular items smuggled in.


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North Korea claims to operate under the "Juche" ideology, or "rejecting dependence on others, using one’s own brains, and believing in one’s own strength," according to Kim Il-Sung. Although not technically Communist, many of these ideas stem from ideologies of previous Communist leaders.

A previous version of this post stated unequivocally that North Korea was "not a communist nation" which was potentially misleading.

A previous version of this post contained erroneous claims that have been removed.