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December 13, 2019

Jangmadang

"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.

Avoid ‘ear-quickening wine’ and maybe you won’t hear mobilization call

This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing you weekly updates on the North Korean economy. The jangmadang (markets, official or otherwise) was really upbeat  for a stretch because of...

Resilience, ingenuity help residents best frigid conditions

This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing you weekly updates on the North Korean economy. The weather seemed to have gotten a little warmer last week, but...

South Korean holiday foods appear in the North

This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing you weekly updates on the North Korean economy. This week we sat down with reporter Kang Mi Jin to discuss...

Record-low temps a boon for winter goods purveyors

This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing you news about the North Korean economy every week, and today, we are accompanied by reporter Kang Mi Jin. But first,...

Counterfeit shampoos are still better than past alternatives

This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing you news about the North Korean economy every week, and today, we are accompanied by reporter Kang Mi Jin....

Markets abuzz amid New Year’s festivities

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Gifts for women hint at changing times

This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing you news about the North Korean economy every week, and today, we are accompanied by reporter Kang Mi Jin. But...

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