Jo Nov 15, 2023
Among the valuable cultural legacies created by our nation is Sungryong Hall in Central District, Pyongyang City.
Sungryong Hall is a shrine first built in the fifteenth century during the feudal Joson dynasty. It was originally used for a memorial service for King Tangun, the founder of Ancient Joson, which was the first ancient state in our country’s history. Later, memorial services for King Tongmyong were also held here. The present building was rebuilt in the eighteenth century.
The original hall was made up of a main hall, two-kan servant’s quarters to the east and west with two one-kan doors each and a three-kan gate. Most of them were destroyed by the Japanese imperialist aggressors, with only the main hall and the gate survived. During the Fatherland Liberation War, they were badly damaged by the US imperialists’ barbarous bombing raids. Sungryong Hall is now restored to its original state. It is a valuable architectural legacy reflecting the architecture of the days of feudal Joson dynasty.
Jo Nov 11, 2023
A changsaenap is a peculiar woodwind instrument based on a saenap (a Korean brass wind instrument). It was born in the course of development of national instruments under the wise leadership of our Party.
It satisfactorily preserves the features of a saenap in terms of shape and sound quality, supporting the characteristics peculiar to our national instruments.
On the pipe are some finger holes for whole tones and half tones, and some keys.
Compared to a saenap, a changsaenap makes a wider range of and softer sounds.
Such characteristics make execution of folk trills, staccatos, vibratos, etc. successful. It is widely used as a solo instrument.
In addition, it highlights national characteristics in orchestral music and ensembles, and it is effective in playing appealing pieces.
Jo Nov 9, 2023
“Taedongjiji”, also called “Taedongbangyogo”, is a geography book of our country. It was written in the middle of the nineteenth century by Kim Jong Ho, a geographer and cartographer of those days. It is in 32 volumes and 15 books.
It was written at the same time as his republication of “Taedongyo Map” in 1864 reflecting the demand of the times concerning the development of commerce and transportation in our country in the nineteenth century.
The book contains a detailed description of about 40 items by counties and districts such as the statistics of population, disposition and power of army, kind and number of ships, customs, taxes, etc., all of which were impossible to show on the map.
The first part of the book shows a table of contents and a list of 65 references. Volume 1 is about the capital. Volumes 2 to 24 deal with the geography of 8 provinces of the country. Volume 25 covers mountains and streams and Volume 26 is about national defence. Volumes 27 and 28 are on transportation and communication each. Volumes from 29 to 32 give the historical geography of territory changed over the period from the ancient times to the Koryo dynasty.
The book is organized in a new system on the basis of the new practical data the author obtained from his field surveys over a long period of time and a great number of references.
In terms of system and description, “Taedongjiji” could not pass the limit of feudal stereotype and facts enumeration but it still serves as one of our country’s geographical legacies with its own characteristics as a modern geography book.
Jo Nov 4, 2023
“Chronicles of the Feudal Joson Dynasty” is a “government journal” where the 500-odd-year history of the feudal Joson dynasty from 1392 to 1910 is recorded in order of year, month and date classified by the kings.
It is in 1 763 volumes and over 900 books.
“Chronicles of the Feudal Joson Dynasty” is classified by the kings into “Thaejo Sillok” (Chronicles of Thaejo), “Jongjong Sillok” (Chronicles of Jongjong), “Thaejong Sillok” (Chronicles of Thaejong), “Sejong Sillok” (Chronicles of Sejong), etc.
With huge amount and rich contents that could hardly be found in the world, “Chronicles of the Feudal Joson Dynasty” is a precious treasure of our nation.
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Under the wise leadership of the great leaders possessed of ardent love for the nation, all the contents were translated into Korean, thus widely used these days for historical studies.
Jo Nov 1, 2023
When a villager builds or moves into a new house, the whole village turns out to sincerely help them rejoicing over it as over their own. It has been our peoples’ fixed way of life from earlier ages.
On the day of moving into a new house, people in the neighbourhood regarded it as courtesy to help remove household goods or bring some kind of presents needed for housekeeping like a match or a gourd dipper, and the host would serve them with simple food in return.
This fine custom shows the good manners of our people, who have regarded being friendly with neighbours as moral norms of life and have kept to it traditionally.
Jo Oct 11, 2023
From ancient times, our people enjoyed Chusok (Harvest Moon Day) playing a variety of folk games altogether.
The most interesting of them was ssirum. On the day, it was played on a large scale in every part of the country for a bull prize. Ssirum in Pyongyang was particularly well known across the country.
When ssirum was attracting men, swinging was popular among women. Swinging was widely spread in the care of our people and it was played on public holidays everywhere in the country.
Another popular pastime was singing and dancing where thirty or forty neatly-dressed women dance in a circle singing “Kanggang Suwollae”.
Thanks to our Party’s policy of protecting national heritage, the custom of all folk games on Chusok including archery, yut game, janggi (Korean chess) and tug of war is still being carried forward and developed in line with the socialist lifestyle and aesthetic tastes of the times.
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