Random Fact

North Korea Has Its Own Time Zone And Calendar
A part of "TOP-10 Most Interesting North Korea Facts. Part 1"

Its time zone is called Pyongyang and differs from Japanese and South Korean time for 30 minutes. Their calendar is based on Kim Il-Sung’s date of birth.

It seems, that North Korea wants to be original in everything. The government even decided to create its own time zone called Pyongyang named after their capital. It differs from the Japanese and South Korean time for 30 minutes. North Koreans started to use this time zone in 2015 when celebrating the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japan.

And now let's talk about dates. North Koreans use the traditional Gregorian months and days' numbers. But if you think it's 2017 in North Korea, guess again! This country uses the calendar called Juche, based on Kim Il-Sung's date of birth (April 15. 1912). This means the year 1912 is Juche 1 (the start of the counting). And the traditional date in North Korea looks like this: Juche 105 (2017) or Juche 105, 2017. So step aside, Jesus"...

By the way, they don't celebrate Christmas in North Korea (well, that is not a surprise). Instead, on December 24th they celebrate the birth of Kim Jong-il's mother.