🇰🇵 Korean political propaganda 🇰🇷

Various political propaganda leaflets collected in Korea between 2016 - 2017.
*Updated with translations for #1-4, courtesy of reddit user mujjingun. Huge thanks!*

Graphic leaflets

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#1. North Korea


Incheon (인천시) on 16 March 2016.

Notes, Side A (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

백두산혁명강군 translates to "Paek-du Strong Army of Revolution."   참수작전 - "Decapitation strike,"   족집게식 타격 - "Concentrated strike" [both are the strategies the US is planning to attack North Korea]

Translation, Side A (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

"The Paek-du Strong Army of Revolution will punish any invaders immediately if they even make a squeak!"

#1. (continued)

Notes, Both Sides:

This is almost certainly from North Korea.

Baekdu/Paekdu Mountain (백두산) is the highest peak in Korea, divided along the Northern border with China, and has been considered sacred by Koreans throughout history. The mountain is featured in the emblem of North Korea and is frequently referenced in their propaganda slogans.

Translation, Side B (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

"We will turn the Den of Evil [USA] into a pile of ashes that can never be revived, using our own kind of strike plan that we have mastered for over a century!"

#2. North Korea


Pyeongtaek (평택시) in April 2017.

Translation, Side A (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

Title: "Blessed Lives"

"Blessed by the great people of Paek-du, today they have celebrated their 80th birthdays, feeling loved by them. Great leader, I am so thankful."

Top-left photo: "The birthday meal they got for their 60th birthdays."

Bottom-left: "... 70th ..."

Bottom: "Great leader Kim Jong-Un has sent the heroic veteran Lee Tae-bok a birthday meal for his 80th birthday with love."

#2. (continued)


Translation, Side B (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

"Lee Tae-bok: <South Korean Army> reconnaissance company, 7th Regiment, 6th Division, 5th Corps. Prior Military Police Guard Post Chief (Lieutenant). Converted to the North Part of the Republic (North Korea) on November 23rd, 1961."

Left picture: "With his wife on vacation."

Bottom text: "I will always trust and follow my Great Leader that has given me true life." 

Bottom text alternate translation (courtesy of reddit user aulree): "We will permanently believe and follow our respectable general [that has] given us a meaningful life."

#3. South Korea


Pyeongtaek (평택시) in April 2017.

Notes, Side A:

Former president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye (박근혜) tied to a cross. She was impeached in March 2017, around the time this leaflet was found. She was convicted and imprisoned a year later, in April 2018.

Translation, Side A (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

Top-left: 종말 - "The End;"   Cross: 만고역적 - "Traitor of all ages"   

Top-right: 만심행동대 - possibly the name of the organization that made this leaflet

Bottom-left: 매국노들의 종착지 - "Where all traitors end up"   

Bottom-right: 이승만, 박정희, 김영삼 - some of the names of past presidents (Syngman Rhee, Park Chung-hee, Kim Young-sam)

#3. (continued)

Notes, Side B: This appears to be various execution methods. This is likely made in South Korea, not from North Korea like #1 and #2.

Bottom-center: Park Geun-hye

Translation, Side B (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

Top-right: 악몽 - "nightmare"

Clock-wise, from bottom-left:

화형터 - "burning stake,"

단두대 - "guillotine,"

사형장 - "execution ground,"

교수대 - "gallows,"

전기의자 - "electric chair"

#4. South Korea

Found: Pyeongtaek (평택시) in April 2017.

Translation, Side A (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

Title: 이상화 만평: 미국의 전쟁머슴꾼 황교안 -

"Satirical cartoon by Lee Sang-hwa: Hwang Kyo-ahn, America's war servant"     사드반대 - "Say no to THAAD"

Left bubble: "Even if my citizens that are like dogs and pigs bark and oink, I will do anything to install THAAD while I have my power."

Right bubble: "Good boy, move it faster!"

#4. (continued)

Translation, Side B (courtesy of reddit user mujjingun):

Title: "The solemn ruling of the citizens"

Bottom left "Support for THAAD and agreement for sex slavery by Japanese soliders"

Center: "Forcefully proceeding the policy for government-written history textbooks"

Right bubble: "Hwang Kyo-ahn, you should die as soon as possible for doing evil on top of evil in front of the citizens"

Notes, Both Sides:
Depiction of the former prime minister of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-ahn (황교안), pulling the American missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). Hwang Kyo-ahn was serving as acting president at the time this leaflet was found, following the impeachment and removal of former president Park Geun-hye (박근혜). The deployment of this American missile system in South Korea in response to North Korea's missile and weapons testing was a very controversial issue.
Like #3, this is also apparently from within South Korea, not from North Korea.

Text-only leaflets

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#5. Unknown

Found: Gangnam, Seoul (서울시 강남구) on 2 October 2017.

Approximate machine translation, Side A:

"'Preemptive strike, 'Preventative war' don't pass through lips. This land is not a war playground for America."

#5. (continued)

Notes: To be determined.

Approximate machine translation, Side B:

"Trump is a highway robber! (carjacker?) Do you really believe that burning down your house is only about killing the Joseon dynasty? (North Korea)"

#6. Unknown

Found: Gangnam, Seoul (서울시 강남구) on 3 October 2017.

Approximate machine translation, Side A:

"The [Korean] military is nothing but fodder for the U.S. military and war cannons."

#6. (continued)

Notes: To be determined.

Approximate machine translation, Side B:

"Soldiers, don't be a dead fool to die for America's interests!"

#7. Unknown

Found: Gangnam, Seoul (서울시 강남구) on 4 October 2017.

Approximate machine translation, Side A:

"Complete success of the hydrogen bomb test for the intercontinental ballistic missile loaded with 100-percent successful ballistic missiles!"

#7. (continued)

Notes: To be determined.

Approximate machine translation, Side B:

"The stirring boom of hydrogen bombs in North Korea is the devastating incident that reassured America's total destruction."

#8. Unknown

Found: Gangnam, Seoul (서울시 강남구) in October 2017.

Translation: To be determined.

#8. (continued)

Notes: To be determined.

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