In urban areas, there is a single-room, low-rise apartment, Pigeon Hut, and in the countryside, there is a one-story “Hamonica Nagaya”. Houses with only one room lined up like small boxes, similar to a harmonica hole. (Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy:Ordinary Lives in North Korea)
Their home was a house in the house of Harmonica’s tenement house suitable for his father. As you can see from the table, it was a small kitchen, which also served as a heating room. Firewood or coal is put in the furnace. The fire is used in cooking and used to heat the underfloor called Ondol, which warms the entire house. (Ibid.)
Outside the window, the countryside was spreading. Idyllic landscape of a well-ordered field after harvesting agricultural products such as rice, wheat and vegetables.
Farmers with curved tiled roofs, different from those in Japan, are scattered in the open fields. Near the farmers, farmers and children working on wild stairs using hand hoes and brilliant things appeared.
A large luggage was placed on his head and crab crotch, but a farmer walking straight with his back straight was seen. Some were new and some were old. In some of the old houses, the tiled roof collapsed, the white paint on the earthen walls flaked off, and the mud was exposed, significantly impairing the appearance. (Kim Won-jo, “Republic of the frozen land”)
This kind of thatched farmhouse can be distinguished at a glance because the Korean and Han farmers use the same thatched roof because their farming styles are different.
It is said that Korean-style thatched houses have a bowl-like shape, while Han-styled thatched roofs are the form of Han-style farm houses in Shandong Province. (Kim Jongjeon “Damamane of Wailing”)
The house resembled another house, built next to the same model. One door, only one window, and a roof with orange round tiles.
The walls were white, but on the bottom I was painted as blue as I was 8 or 9 years old. Officials in the district where we lived, who came regularly to check the hygiene of our homes, ordered a repainting of the foundation each time.
The shades were replaced by green, blue and light brown each time, but every house in the same group had to be the same color.
The house was a two-story house with a sliding door. Enter from the kitchen and take off your shoes in front of a brick furnace burning coal. The furnace extends to the basement of the two rooms. From under the floor with warm bricks
This heating mechanism is called “ondol”. The floor of the room had light brown oil paper on it. On the wall of the main room are portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The back room, which had only one window illuminated, had a cotton chest with a chest of drawers. The shelves with the dishes were in the room next to the kitchen. (Kang Hyuk, Children of North Korea)