Rich North Korea
• Rich North Korea
North Korea is changing - at least in the economic sphere. More and more citizens are becoming donju ( "Donji"), which literally means "money masters". It is, in fact, people who belong to the middle class, who have private sources of income not related to the party.
Christian Petersen-Clausen, a photographer from China, learned about their existence during his 10-day visit to Pyongyang. He was surprised that the street met more people with cell phones, although in previous visits, he did not see them at all. But there were other signs of a massive improvement in lifestyle.
"It is much more common than a year ago, smart phones and cameras, as well as electric bikes and luxury cars", - told Petersen-Clausen.
These scenes are different with the picture, which many foreigners imagine the thought of North Korea.
"Over the past few years, the scope of services has expanded, too. Pyongyang is now much more a taxi, although payment is still accepted only western currency. You can get married at the zoo, fly an ultralight aircraft in a flying club or learn to ride a horse under the guidance of experienced coaches, "- says the photographer. Dodge reportedly spend time in "Phenhettene" - a prestigious area of Pyongyang, where the expensive places such as shops, restaurants and café around the clock.
"It seems that the situation has improved to such an extent that some people even have time for fun. And this in a country with a six-day working week and a lot of extra work, "- said Christian.
"But this does not mean that North Korea has become a paradise where all life is luxurious and comfortable. This is still a country that is under severe sanctions. No need to go far to realize how complicated for these people can be daily. Starting with expectations in endless queues to go to the ancient bus, and ending with hard work in the fields - examples are everywhere. "
Elite class in North Korea is composed of entrepreneurs and their families - about 10% of the total population of the country. Their existence is contrary to the established system of government in the country, but the government turns a blind eye to the prosperity of the local elite.