Nicholas Bonner
Jul 9, 2019

Welcome to advertising-free DPRK

North Korea is, to all intents and purposes, ad-free, giving its packaging design, streetscapes and shops a unique look, but for how much longer?

The first advertising billboard appeared on the streets of Pyongyang in 2002 and depicted a North Korean celebrity promoting the Pyeonghwa Peace car joint venture. It had crash-landed into a city denuded of any ads. Before this, every billboard or poster in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea North Korea was of the pure propaganda kind, an image drawn around a slogan to deliver very direct political or social messages of the Party and socialist way of life....

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