June 7, 2007

Makes Bark Taste Nummmmmy

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Pansanggi, Folk Meal Custom

Pyongyang, June 6 (KCNA) — Pansanggi (a set of dishes for a table) has long been used for the dietary life in Korea. The dinner set consists of a rice bowl, a soup bowl, a plate, a small dish, spoons, chopsticks and etc.

According to the number of dishes on a table, it is called three-piece pansanggi, five-piece pansanggi, seven-piece pansanggi and so on. However, this custom of the nation associated with its emotional sentiment was obliterated under the vicious colonial rule of Japanese imperialism.

Under the warm care of Kim Jong Il, who values the folk traditions, the Korean people have introduced pansanggi into their dietary life again. One day in October Juche 72 (1983) he summoned an official and instructed him that there had been pansanggi in the bygone days but it was impossible to see it now and pansanggi, a favourite of the people, should be developed and made on an experimental basis. When he was reported that pansanggi samples were prepared, he, though he was busy with state affairs, saw tens of pansanggis one by one and said that their quality should be raised further. Since then, pansanggi has developed in the colorful shapes to suit the people’s taste.

The Okryu and Chongryu Restaurants and other public catering establishments serve the working people with pansanggi put on with folk dishes of various kinds.

April 18, 2007

It’s gonna be huge in the Congo.

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Kim Jong Il’s Work Published in Democratic Congo

Pyongyang, April 17 (KCNA) — The famous work of Kim Jong Il “Let Us Carry Out the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung’s Instructions for National Reunification” was brought out in booklet by the Congo New Media Publishing House of Democratic Congo.

The work published on Aug. 4, Juche 86 (1997) deals with the undying exploits performed by Kim Il Sung for national reunification, formulates the three principles of national reunification, the 10-point programme of the great unity of the whole nation and the proposal for founding the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo as the three charters for national reunification and indicates the tasks and ways for accomplishing the cause of national reunification based on them.

A book releasing ceremony was held at the publishing house on April 6.

April 4, 2007

Breaking News from North Korea

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Pine Tree on Yonji Peak

Pyongyang, April 3 (KCNA) — There is a pine tree on Yonji Peak which grows in the highest area among pine trees in Korea.
Under the topographical condition of Korea, pine trees generally grow in the areas lower than 800 meters above the sea level. But the tree has rooted in the area 2,110 meters above the sea level between Taeyonji and Soyonji Peaks of Mt. Paektu.
The climatic features of the area–yearly average temperature of six degrees centigrade below zero, winter temperature of 40 degrees centigrade below zero, strong wind, frequent fog and untimely snow and rain–make the tree take a singular shape.
The pine tree with six trunks is two meters high and its crown is three meters in diameter.
Influenced by the northwestern wind, its branches stretch out in the southeastern direction.
Its needle-leaves are three-five centimeters long and its cones smaller than those of ordinary pine trees.
The pine tree on Yonji Peak, which has been preserved as a natural product, is of a great significance in the study of plant distribution of Mt. Paektu in olden times as well as characteristics of its species and ecology.

March 30, 2007

Nothing like a “full-length” novel to ease the hunger pains.

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Historical Novel Published

Pyongyang, March 29 (KCNA) — The Literature and Art Publishing House in the DPRK has brought out a full-length novel under the title of “A Grey-haired General’s Life Along with Sword”. It is popular among readers.
It is based on a famous patriotic general Choe Yong who dedicated his whole life to the struggle for defending the country at the close of Koryo(918-1392).
The internal and external situation of the country was very complex owing to the incessant invasion of Japanese pirate raiders and foreign forces and interference in the internal affairs by big countries.

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