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"Jangmadang" literally refers to North Korea's local markets, which began proliferating in the country during and after the Arduous March in the mid-1990s. Originally considered "black markets," jangmadang are now state-sanctioned and have become a key part of North Korean life. Many ordinary North Koreans rely on these markets to purchase daily necessities, including food. Articles in Daily NK's Jangmadang section strive to provide an in-depth look into what life is like for the around 25 million North Koreans living in the country. Using sources inside North Korea, Daily NK also collects market prices of key commodities including rice and gasoline and posts them in this section.

Snacks in short supply over Chuseok holiday

Individually-wrapped cookies available in North Korea. These products are typically too expensive for the average citizen to afford during the holidays. Varieties from left...

Domestic instant foods hit North Korean shelves, answer consumer demand

Beef-flavored instant noodles (North Korean-style ramyeon) for sale in Pyongyang's markets. Image: Daily NK. Unification Media Group (UMG): It’s time for another weekly update...

North Koreans prepare for the new year by planning purchases and making resolutions

Unification Media Group (UMG): Although it seems like just yesterday that we were all making our New Year's resolutions for 2017, December is upon...

Wild greens and instant foods in North Korea

Various instant foods currently for sale in North Korea. Image: Daily NKUnification Media Group (UMG): We're back for another market update with journalist Kang...

Wider availability of canned foods reflects market development in North Korea

Canned food for sale that is available for sale in North Korea's markets. Image: Daily NKUnification Media Group (UMG): It’s time for another weekly...

After beer festival, prices drop and demand surges

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North Korea market prices update: May 15, 2018

All prices in KPW and current as of May 15, 2018. Data: Daily NK

North Korea Market Prices Update: June 11, 2019

All prices shown in KPW and current as of June 11, 2019. Data: Daily NK

North Korea Market Prices Update: August 6, 2019

All prices shown in KPW and current as of August 6, 2019. Data: Daily NK

North Korea Market Prices Update: April 25, 2018

All prices shown in KPW and current as of April 25, 2018. Data: Daily NK

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