“There were no nightclubs but there are bars where they only sell beer. It just looks like a normal bar but there is no music.
I would go a lot in summertime, about twice a week, because it’s very hot so you want cold beer”.
“I never watched porn there, it would have been really dangerous.
Some people have pornography but if the government found them they would go directly to a camp.” Homosexuality is another taboo in North Korean society, so much so that Kang says there was no concept of it, let alone a word for it.
However, on this particular day, even these past-times were off limits.However, there was a limit to the intimacy of these dates.“You can’t kiss in public places, it’s not illegal but it’s not cultural practice,” he recalls.When it came to birthdays, Kang would celebrate with all the usual fare - apart from cake.“South Koreans eat cake but that culture came from America, in North Korea there is no cake.I taught people North Korean culture and encouraged them not to listen to American pop music or watch dramas from South Korea and China”.