NORTH KOREA

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was founded by Kim Il Sung, who fought the Japanese military as a guerilla fighter during World War Two. The nation sees itself as a self reliant socialist state that follows the Juche ideology created by Kim Il Sung. In an effort to reunify the Korean peninsula that was divided after WWII along the 38th parallel, Kim Il Sung started a military campaign to unify Korea under his leadership. UN intervention headed by the US helped stave off defeat and, by 1953, the Korean War ended in a stalemate along the 38th parallel where the war had begun.

 

The DPRK survives into the 21st century as a totalitarian state with a people on the edge of starvation, a network of concentration camps where human rights abuses comparable to the Nazi camps take place daily, and a personality cult around the Kim family dynasty. Today, the nation continues to maintain a high level of military readiness with its military first policy, long service times, and a nuclear weapons program.

 

The objects of the North Korea collection bring attention to the armed conflict that shaped the mentality of the leadership that continues to influence their policies to this day. Since the military is such a major focus, our collection reflects the importance of the armed forces while complementing those objects with civilian material as well.

"On the Juche Philosophy" by Kim Jong Il

"On the Juche Philosophy" by Kim Jong Il

2002 Paper North Korea

Kim il Sung and Jong il Pin

Kim il Sung and Jong il Pin

c. 1990s Plastic North Korea

"Kim Il Sung: Selected Works"

"Kim Il Sung: Selected Works"

1976 Paper, leather, cardboard North Korea

Panmunjom English Language Propaganda Book

Panmunjom English Language Propaganda Book

1969 Paper North Korea

Army Winter Coat with Chinese Shoulderboards

Army Winter Coat with Chinese Shoulderboards

c. 1980s-90s Wool, cotton, brass, bakelite North Korea

North Korean National Flag

North Korean National Flag

1953 Silk, dye North Korea

40th Anniversary of Korean War Badge

40th Anniversary of Korean War Badge

1993 Brass, gilt, silver finish, enamel North Korea

Currency

Currency

c. 1970s-80s Paper North Korea

Order of Military Service, 3rd Class

Order of Military Service, 3rd Class

c. 1980s Brass, gilt, silver finish, enamel North Korea

Order of the March 5th Commemoration

Order of the March 5th Commemoration

c. 1980s-90s Gilded brass North Korea

The content of this museum includes topics of a sensitive nature and may be offensive to some people. All material, physical, audio, and visual, are solely presented and used for scholarly and educational purposes. We do not support or promote the regimes or their ideologies in any way. We seek to present the history of these dictatorships as they were in order for individuals to better comprehend the phenomenon of dictatorship and repression throughout the history of the 20th century and the diverse cultures these entities took root in.

© Regimes Museum Inc. 2013-2019. All rights reserved.