"Culture is not just an ornament; it is the expression of a nation's character, and at the same time it is a powerful instrument to mould character. The end of culture is right living." These words by the famous playwright William Somerset Maugham well define the significance of culture in reshaping the destiny of a country. Like wise the art and culture of North Korea too represents the rich heritage of the country which has been an intrinsic part of its growing national identity. The last few years saw an influx of foreign population into the country which has tremendously influenced its ethnic diversity. One of the major aspects of North Korean art and culture is the adherence to the traditional folklore of the country well represented through various dance forms and songs.
A Brief Historical Background of Art and Culture of North Korea----
Since the country was under the Japanese rule for a considerable period of time, Japanese influence is pretty evident in almost every corners of North Korean lifestyle. Historical evidences state when both the Korea nation were unified, the country was placed under the kingdom of Silla during the 7th century. The kingdom of Koryo and the Yi dynasty adopted the Neo-Confucianism as a part of its religious ideology and since then Buddhism continues to be a part of its wide cultural recognition.