[REVIEW] If the number of columns in the world you have not been involved in the globalization of the city, you may hesitate to Pyongyang as an answer. If your answer on a few years ago, may still be correct, but apparently not.
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North Korean capital Pyongyang is no shortage of fashion side picture shows the "51" Labor Day when one of the landmarks in Pyongyang Liu Jing brilliant fireworks outside the building.
If the number of columns in the world you have not been involved in the globalization of the city, you may hesitate to Pyongyang as an answer. If your answer on a few years ago, may still be correct, but apparently not.
Although generally speaking, Korea's economy is relatively backward, people's standard of living is relatively low, few elements of the world where the prevalence of the formation of habits, but that is not as absolute. In the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, there was still a city very different from other places, the international luxury fashion and even things that people began to be known, Pyongyang citizens of new things to show interest and ability to accept more than expected.
A number of international brand-name merchandise began standing in the window of Pyongyang's high-end stores. Although the prices were prohibitively expensive, not the general public interested in the can, and these shops dotted somewhat symbolic significance, but at least is a positive start. Who can deny that after ten years or 20 years, there will not be like Beijing Xidan, Wangfujing is so busy it?
Pyongyang noted the other side of the "fashion", we are more objective and balanced view may help North Korea, a deeper understanding of the country's rulers and the people living there.
Save moving crowd the streets, and from the steady stream of vehicles. High-rise buildings mushrooming, colorful neon signs in the mapping, Gucci, Couch, ELLE (microblogging) and other international famous luxury stores shine. This is not Tokyo's Ginza, not the Myeong-dong Seoul, Beijing Wangfujing, but Pyongyang.
Pyongyang "small Wangfujing 'popularity is not small
Pyongyang resident who was known as "Little Wangfujing" plug hole of the North Commercial Street, there is a known as the Pyongyang City's only comprehensive luxury shops, especially shops, North plug people's attention.
North plug shop owned by a Singapore company integrated store, located near the Arc de Triomphe in Pyongyang, North Commercial Street entrance to the plug hole. Viewed from afar, this color is very eye-catching and elegant two-story building, brown mirror windows sparkled in the sunshine, exquisite decor highlights the gorgeous different from the general store. Outside the store, and out of Pyongyang citizens from time to time.
Into the store, two stores, a layer of the left main store various types of imported high-grade musical instruments and electronic products. Yamaha brand musical instruments mainly based, there is 1000-2000 U.S. dollars price tag ranging from piano and organ, as well as exquisite drums, guitar, violin. Sony, Sharp, Toshiba and other brands of LCD TVs are also on display here, playing a Korean pop MTV, for customers to experience not only the TV's performance, but will also make the store atmosphere, relaxed and happy.
Various international famous brand laptops, digital photo frame, digital camera, DV and digital everything, and plug the north store sales, cashiers and other staff all wore tailored suits, introduced in the next kind enough to recommend to the clients.
Out from the instrument electronics store, walked straight through the stairwell is based on sales of Japanese goods-based, integrated supermarket stores. Nissan sales all kinds of food, drinks, kitchen utensils and other household goods storage box, as well as all kinds of household appliances, such as Sony, Panasonic and other brands of double-door refrigerator, washing machine drum, temperature wine cooler, electric rice cooker, iron, and so on. Because space is limited, a lot of freezers, refrigerators and washing machines are placed on the first floor lobby.
To the supermarket store customer and did not imagine spending less, the customer in addition to Pyongyang citizens, as well as some foreign faces. Several side of Pyongyang citizens around the rice cooker is the shelf edge in the sales presentation carefully than the front. Collection Office is located in front of the supermarket, people are waiting in an orderly manner.
Onto the supermarket floor, blowing breath of international luxury brands. The stairs next to the wall was carefully designed glass cases, filled with such as Swarovski crystals, Dior perfume I really, Italian crystal red wine glass, carbon Montblanc pen, Seiko watches and other fine products so that customers walking to see , preview.
Into the second floor of the hall, looking ahead, the major international brand name in sight. First, Prada wallets and key cases showcase, followed by fine carbon Montblanc pens, cufflinks and wallets suit Showcase. Are marked on the glass cases with exclusive brand name, these international brands have been seen here spending some well known people in Pyongyang.
Side of the second floor hall is a perfume area, the area of the entire wall was covered with the major perfume brands. There is also a three-leather sofas placed for guests to rest. Special area in the luxury perfumes occupy a small proportion. In Korea, a lot of the social elite are very popular with both men and women perfume, demand a few. The cosmetics brand is highly geared. With cosmetics, perfume is next to the area, this part is about twice the fragrance area, almost occupying the entire surface of the wall. Dior, Chanel, Lancome, SKII, Shiseido, Estee Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent and other top international brands such skin care and color cosmetics range, expensive. Reporters walking to see, with the sales side, ready to recommend introduction. In the cosmetics area of the end of the display of all kinds of ladies handbags, followed by Bubbery, Prada, Gucci, Couch, ELLE, although the style much, but enough to make people stop, the price is equally staggering.
In fact, North plug store prices of similar products in China are almost always double or more. Such as Lancome 400ml bottle of "pink water" make-up water, some cosmetics shop in the country less than 300 yuan, this price $ 100.
In the watch area, Rolex, Longines, Montblanc, Omega, Tissot, Seiko, from top to bottom all kinds of classic, limited edition, the latest in counter illuminated by spotlights shining. Salesman gloves, to show customers a variety of luxury watches. Watch the end zone and a glass showcase to place the Dunhill belt as well as some non-expensive international big names but the same kinds of pure leather wallets for men and women.
Reporters learned that, in addition to North plug store, the Pyongyang city Yanggakdo International Hotel on the first floor near the hotel and Korea have a Tissot and Longines monopoly, and also with a Swiss Army knife series with sales. The store in nearby Korea also has professional Tissot watch repair shops.
The public does not exclude Japanese goods
Stores in North plug, the other by the Singapore-based holding company called general store in Beijing, Liu Jiang end general store brands are also widely loved by the people in Pyongyang. General store in the Pyongyang Liu Jing Liu Jing layer 105 near the hotel, where the store is more than the north Serbian civilians, there is also the only non-holiday Pyongyang also has a large shopping discount handling of goods, come and spend more of Pyongyang citizens.
Here a total of three parts, first part is the three electronic appliance stores. This can be described as Pyongyang's most complete electronic appliance stores, all imported fine. The walls of the stairwell on the name of "the highest quality, credit guarantee," the huge posters, which Pyongyang is also rare in the store. Shopping malls have freight elevators, is also responsible for customer delivery.
The second part is the daily integrated shopping malls, packet layer is kept at, a special administrator. The second floor store area, the stairs into the corner store, greeted by the store's discount price advertising is very eye-catching. Left main kitchen utensils, Japanese sports mug, ice cup, brand bags, shoes and so on. The right hand side of the main cosmetics, sporting goods, clothing, jewelry watch again right is the counter. In February this year, the export side of the counter in the jewelry watches out again and again opened a large supermarket, all from Japan, Germany, imports of food, medicine, toiletries, etc., while the three additional furniture stores. At this point, all three furniture stores selling leather sofas have to discount for each purchase, a mother and son being selected a single bed. The third part is the auto parts and building materials stores.
Shopping is also supporting the first and second floors were opened for the two titular "soft drinks" exquisite decoration beer, fresh German "Heineken" brand of draft beer and Italian coffees loved by the people. Beer has always been open to the floor at 11 o'clock. "Shopping", the spare time to sit here a few pints, Pyongyang has become many people's fashion, is part of life.
Pyongyang is gradually with the international standards
And the general store in North plug Liu Jing Jiang stores, other stores are also integrated throughout popular. With the river towards the common currency settlement department store is truly comprehensive large supermarket. Small stationery, large outdoor tents, basic necessities everything, the price closer to the people. Cang Guangshan hotel on the first floor there are shops in Germany by the majority of young people love the Adidas store, as well as the old foreign exchange shops park department stores, to the famous snack cakes 24-hour flower shop. At the same time, the Galaxy is well-known clothing store and export to the domestic stream near the bridge in the jade to open new branches. Korean ginseng as raw materials to the local "maid" of foreign tourists will not only become the cosmetics buy gifts, but by the favor of Taobao business, many stores have begun to introduce the "maid" in their own shop to sell.
Pyongyang's dining and entertainment than in previous years more and more colorful. Grill, shabu-shabu shops, Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurants, as well as new fast-food restaurants, Italian restaurants in front of busy restaurants, Jade Museum and other famous restaurants flow also launched a turtle feast and other senior health food. Every holiday and tourist season, many restaurants require advance booking. Went to bath, swimming pool, billiards room, dance halls and other entertainment leisure consumption Pyongyang citizens have begun to change more. To meet the customers needs, the more hours than in previous years have also been adjusted.
North Korea "Begonia flowers" to authentic Korean restaurant in the country known for food and services, recently the restaurant's reputation will be back in China, Pyongyang, Pyongyang's "Begonia Flower" restaurant is open daily customers flocked to the flounder head, boiled fish and other authentic Chinese dishes widely touted by the customer. Datong River in downtown Pyongyang, a large "Begonia Flower Center" under construction, it is said here will be built restaurant and a variety of leisure and consumption as well as training for the integrated center.
Pyongyang began to various types of vehicles on the street become more domestic, imported, luxury, are common, such as a Ford Focus, a Jetta, there are auspicious, as well as inter-Korean cooperation in the peaceful automobile plant hanging North Korea, "Cuckoo," "whistle," "Three thousand miles" brand of cars, traffic jams the streets and sometimes also the case.
Today's socio-economic development of North Korea is entering the track, people feel the Pyongyang gradually with the international standards, in their words in 2012 will usher in a "strong Shengda Guo open the door."