In the black market, rice costs 150 won for 10 kilograms when it is cheap, and 170 to 180 won when it is high. (Kim Won-jo, “Republic of the frozen land”)
Seiko’s waterproof, self-winding, calendar-attached watches ($ 150 each) are sold in Pyongyang for around 1,500 won if they flow down the dark route. A thin neckerchief ($ 3 each) costs 70 won. The most common use for watches with darkness and neckerchiefs is bartering. About exchange for meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, fruit, etc., including rice as the staple food.
In some cases, ten kilos of dark rice (150-180 won) can be replaced with a couple of neckers, while in other cases, one hundred and fifty kilos of rice can be replaced with a watch.
One neckerchief can be exchanged for ten eggs or even one chicken. Occasionally, a farmer breaks the law and asks the authorities to sneak beef and pork without permission and exchange it for a neckerchief, or in some cases, used sweaters, underwear, or other clothing. Of course, many farmers bring chickens, eggs and fresh vegetables. (Ibid.)
She said she sometimes carried a truck with 50 kilograms of luggage and used the little money she got to go to the black market to secure food and clothing for her family.
“There was food in the black market, albeit not very abundant, except that one egg was 25 won, one cod was 70-80 won, and pork was 300-350 won. One kilogram of sugar cost 200 won, and a box made of Chinese cigarettes was 30 to 50 won, so I couldn’t buy high-end products such as meat and fish, but managed to get cereals and vegetables. I got it. ”
By the way, there are about 300 to 305 farmers’ markets called “Changmadang” in North Korea, which sells various daily necessities, but the price is more than 1000 times higher than the national price.
One kilogram of rice is 0.08 won at the national fixed price, but it can be as high as 75 to 90 won depending on the location at the farmers’ market. The average monthly salary of workers is about 80 won, which is quite high even if they are not paid.
In addition, one kilo of flour (national price 0.06 won) is 50 to 80 won, one kilo of pork (national price 10 won) is 140 to 200 won, one chicken (national price 9 won), and one soap (national price 0.4 won). ) costs 30 to 100 won, and one beer (national price 0.5 won) costs 40 to 60 won. The official rate in North Korea is US $ 1 = 2.26 won, but in the black market it is US $ 1 = 240 won. (Shinichi Nebe, “North Korea Exile 730th Document”)
The price of rice is 80 yen, although the official price of one kilogram is eight yen. About 1000 times. The official price of 1 kilo of pork is 10 yen, but the dark price is 150 yen and 15 times. The official price of Chinese cabbage is $ 0.005 per share, and the dark price is 8 yen. Food rations are so low that people have to buy on black market horses. However, ordinary people with an average monthly salary of $ 0.7 cannot get a salary, so they spend a lot of time doing business as a side job.
Black market trading, smuggling, smuggling. Officials do not move without bribes. The tendency for bribes to be many times higher than the salary has become commonplace, depriving oneself of his authority. The whole society lives on unpaid incomes, which in turn leads to price spikes, causing malignant inflation. Therefore, a high-grade bill of five dollar bills is needed. (Kim Jongjeon “Dome Mane of Wailing”)
Wonsan has a stall market called the Farmers Market, and there are two places in Wonsan about a 30-minute walk from Wonsan Wharf. Pyongyang is also just below Kumgansan under the highway bridge.
One egg costs 2 won and 50 chong. 75 won a month. Same as one month’s salary for workers. (Zhang Myong-sue “Betrayed paradise”)