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[VIDEO NEWS] Pyongyang’s nightscape glows as electricity supply improves

Oct 01,2018
1) This is a satellite photo of the Korean Peninsula taken in 2005.

2) Unlike brightly lit Seoul, North Korean nights are mostly dark.

3) Lack of electricity has been a big problem in North Korea for a long time.

4) But Pyongyang’s nights are changing quickly.

5) A fountain that boasts various colors.

6) A cruise that lights up the Taedong River.

7) Pyongyang’s landmark Ryugyong Hotel is lit up on all 123 floors.

8) A dimly lit night skyline.

9) Recent scenes depicting Pyongyang’s nightscape shows the electricity problem is improving.

10) Large and medium-sized power plants have also been built since Kim Jong-un became the chairman of North Korea.

11) Some examples are Paektu Hero Youth Power Plants 1 and 2 and the Anbyon Youth Power Station.

12) Thanks to support from China, North Korea has replaced facilities that uses heavy oil with ones using coal, helping update their electricity supply.

13) Installing solar panels on homes has also made electricity more widely available.

14) But North Korea’s efforts to overcome electricity shortages are hampered by aging facilities and sanctions, meaning the country still has a lot of work to do in updating their electricity grid.

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Video produced by Park Seung-young, Cho Su-jin, Hwang Su-bin and Lee Kyoung-eun.
Translated by Chung Yu-soo
Edited by Josh Doyle