North Korean restaurant in Jakarta

EKWNorthKoreanRest002North Korean Waitresses entertain customers at the Pyongyang Restaurant in Jakarta

North Korea, starved of foreign currency by sanctions has long been thought to run a shadowy empire of legitimate and not so legitimate businesses through a mysterious agency, Bureau 39.  On the legitimate side of things, an increasing number of restaurants run by North Korean embassies are popping up in Southeast Asia which earn hard currency for the government.  The food, if you are wondering, is quite nice and very similar to other Korean food you may have had.  The waitresses are very pleasant and seem to be professionally trained singers.  They live in rooms above the restaurant.

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