Equality gap persists in North Korean recreational facilities
Recreational facilities for officials at powerful institutions are better supplied than similar facilities for ordinary North Koreans, demonstrating that high-ranking party officials continue to enjoy special privileges, sources in the country told Daily NK on Wednesday.
North Korea has about 100 recreation centers nationwide that are equipped with athletic, entertainment and health facilities so that workers can enjoy the holidays.
After various instances of improper conduct among party officials came to light during the 2017 purge of Kim Won Hong, the former deputy director of the General Political Bureau, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly issued a direct order to eradicate special privileges and abuses of power by party officials.
These special privileges have now made a reappearance, Daily NK sources said. For example, recreational facilities operated by the Ministry of People’s Security – one of North Korea’s most feared security agencies – in Sinpa County (Kimjongsuk County), Ryanggang Province, are better stocked with canned oil and canned fish than other accommodations in the province.
“Facilities for university students or laborers exploring revolutionary sites honoring great figures [Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il] are not usually so well-stocked,” one of the sources said. “In some instances the accommodations don’t even have wood for heating on cold days. That would be unheard of in recreational facilities for party officials.” ......