Rare North Korea video shows karaoke salons, markets
Published on Mar 26, 2014 5:26 PM
SEOUL (AFP) - Rare video footage from North Korea has emerged showing men enjoying a night out in a karaoke salon catering to relatively wealthy North Koreans making money from often illicit cross-border trade.
The content of the hidden-camera footage, which could not be independently verified, was released by a South Korean pastor, Kim Sung-Eun, known for helping North Koreans escape to Seoul.
The grainy video included footage of a group of men and women, speaking with North Korean accents, drinking beer, singing, dancing and kissing in a South Korean-style karaoke "room salon".
"This is a North Korean equivalent of a room salon, in the form of a restaurant combined with a karaoke where women serve male clients," Pastor Kim told reporters in Seoul. "South Korean culture is very well known in the North via smuggled videos. The speed of it spreading to the North is getting faster and faster," he added.
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