North Korea, probably, is the most closed and militarized country in the world. The country occupies the northern part of Korean Peninsula and is separated from the democratic South Korea by the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Established in 1945 with the help of the Soviet Union, nowadays North Korea remains the modern dictatorship with evident nationalism traces. Earlier claimed its ideology as Marxism-Leninism, North Korea later developed its own Juche ideology of self-reliance. Some foreign observers describe North Korean regime as a kind of absolute hereditary monarchy and compare its extremely nationalistic policy to fascism. At present time North Korea constantly tests nuclear weapons and runs a very inimical international policy.
Having the common base of national heritage, two Koreas developed it into strictly different forms. North Korea maintains the historical ancestry, slightly turning it to sustain the state ideology. All the cultural events and social life are controlled by the government, the main theme of arts must be glorifying of North Korea’s prosperity. So called Social realism is the only allowed style of literature, art, architecture and music. Personality cult of a “great leader” and “eternal president” perpetuating the rulers of North Korea, lead to appearing of superstitious beliefs that they have created the world or control the weather. Many landmarks and holidays of the country are also named after ruling family’s father or son, Kim Il-sung or Kim Jong-il.
Sights of Korean cultural heritage can be seen on the coins of North Korea issued for collecting. Mythological creatures and traditional images are minted on some North Korean coins, while the other ones show the nature heritage of the country. The name of legal tender coins of North Korea is won, which is the same as South Korean ones have. Due to the isolation policy of North Korea, it’s not easy to visit the country, so the coins of North Korea are not common pieces of one’s collection. At Coinsberg.com you can order North Korean coins online and get them delivered right to your place. Such a rare item can enrich any thematic collection or became a special gift for a coin lover.
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