First ever North Korean painting exhibition in Nha Trang By Phuong Anh in Nha Trang For the first time ever, works of North Korean artists are being shown in Vietnam at an art exhibition at the Nha Trang Sea Festival and at the gallery of Pyongyang-painters.com until June 12. The 100 paintings from more than two dozen painters include both top level people's artists and merited artists such as North Korea's best and most famous sketch artist, Professor Han Gyong Bo, and younger talents such as 24 year-old Han Song Il who won, among other things, first prize at a fine arts exhibition in India. The exhibition includes a representative variety of beautiful Korean style paintings, prints, watercolor paintings, pencil drawings, Korean jewel-powdered paintings and oil paintings. Doan Huong La and her Swiss husband Felix Abt, owner of the gallery, said that North Korea had a lot of talented artists worthy of world recognition. Detailed information on the exhibition is available at … [Read more...] about First ever North Korean painting exhibition in Nha Trang
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South Korean special warfare forces move to a position after abseiling from a helicopter during a winter drill in Pyeongchang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, on Thursday, Jan 8, 2015. Winter drills on either side of the demilitarized zone underscore the fragility of a potential thaw between North Korea and South Korea after Kim Jong Un raised the possibility of a summit. In a snowy valley 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Seoul, South Korean commandos in white camouflage rappel 30 feet from a Black Hawk helicopter, detonating a bomb in an "enemy" building before wading through an ice-covered river. Annual extreme-weather drills are also being held by North Korean troops across the heavily fortified border that bisects the peninsula. "This operation is aimed at striking essential enemy facilities," South Korean Major Jeong Sung Wan said at the exercises on Jan. 8, his face covered in black and white camouflage paint as smoke rose from the bombed building behind him. "With enough … [Read more...] about Korean commandos prep for war while their leaders extend olive branches
NK News site that says during its heyday, the Saigon Hotel also added two new bars, which became two of the most popular night spots in the city. … [Read more...] about Floating Vietnam nightspot languishes in North Korean port
The UN Security Council has been here before... several times: debating how to punish North Korea for -- as Pyongyang would have it -- reacting to the last time it got punished. North Korea flagged its February 12 nuclear test three weeks in advance in an official statement released by the National Defence Commission, the country's top military body. But the countdown really began two months ago when the North launched a long-range rocket and set in motion a now-familiar chain of events that was always going to end in an underground chamber at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The international community condemned the launch and the UN imposed sanctions, which North Korea then used as justification for conducting an atomic test. An almost identical pattern was followed for the North's two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. The UN Security Council is certain to impose fresh or tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after the latest test, but most experts agree that … [Read more...] about How do you solve a problem like North Korea?
"It has nothing to do with politics," insisted owner Remco van Daal as he welcomed patrons to Pyongyang, Europe's first North Korean restaurant according to its owners. Taking its name from the isolated Stalinist capital, the eatery aims to offer customers a different glimpse on a regime otherwise cloaked in secrecy. The evening -- which includes a sumptuous meal and floor show -- starts at the door of an unassuming, typical Dutch brick building in a quiet suburb on Amsterdam's outskirts. Dressed in a traditional yellow bell-shaped robe and armed with a shy smile, hostess Miss So welcomes patrons. "You can think what you want about North Korea," said Van Daal of the regime whose tension with the US, Japan and Europe, notably over its nuclear and missile programmes, was fanned this week when North Korea announced it would launch a long-range rocket next month to put a satellite into orbit. "But we want to help patrons discover the people and the country. It has nothing to do with … [Read more...] about Europe’s first N.Korean eatery a ‘window into Pyongyang’