North Korea-Bound? Get Ready For A Different Time Zone


KCNA Kim Jong-un mountain Paektu 3

What time is it? It’s “Pyongyang time.”

The next time you visit North Korea, make sure to turn back your watch by 30 minutes later than what it is now. According to Associate Press, North Korea will officially establish its new time zone on August 15 by setting it half an hour later than its current time which was standardized by Japanese colonial rule prior to World War II.

SEE ALSO: How Gloria Steinem & Female Activists Crossed Koreas’ DMZ

When the change occurs next Saturday, it also marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule which took place from 1910 to 1945. The KCNA dispatch said:

The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with 5,000-year-long history and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation.

According to a BBC World Service Poll conducted in 2014, 79% of South Koreans view Japan’s influence negatively, and only 15% express a positive view, making South Korea, along with China, the country with the most negative feelings of Japan in the world.

In Korean culture 反日感 情, the anti-Japanese sentiments originated from the historic, cultural, and nationalistic sentiments. Particularly during the Japanese rule in Korea, thousands of Koreans were forced to work in slave-labor conditions, fight as front-line soldiers or serve as prostitutes in brothels operated by Japanese military during WWII.

Presently, local time in both North and South Korea are exactly the same as in Japan, which is nine hours ahead of GMT. Most time zones differentiated by the hour, except for countries such as Nepal which is offset by 45 minutes, or India, Iran and Myanmar which is offset by 30 minutes.

North Korea’s new time zone is one that Korea used back in 1908, before Japan’s colonial rule.

Experts believe this is also to boost North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s power with a message highlighting anti-Japan and nationalistic pride.

Source: Associated Press. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

What do you think of North Korea’s change of time zone? Let us know in the comments.


Tags: , , , , , ,

Categories: In Crowd

Author:Jetset Times

Daily dose of travel news and jetset inspiration for the wanderlust generation.

Want more Jetset Times? Subscribe here!

Get the latest travel news, updates, and more!

One Comment on “North Korea-Bound? Get Ready For A Different Time Zone”

  1. August 7, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    The time zone is the least of your concerns when you visit North Korea. . .hope it totally opens up some day cuz there is some interesting landscape up in there. . .cheers!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s