North Korea to turn clocks back by 30 minutes to establish own time zone

It is a problem for small states everywhere overshadowed by mighty neighbours. How to stick out? And perhaps assert national pride at the same time?

On Friday North Korea came up with its own typically idiosyncratic answer, announcing that from next week it will use its own unique time zone. Pyongyang said that it will pull back its current standard time by 30 minutes, making it GMT +8.30, rather than GMT +9.

h/t ZD

  • Ken

    They’ve already turned the clock back (150 years).

  • Linda1000

    This might work also.

    • Blacksmith

      I love that one.

    • El Martyachi

      A lot can be done with 3.5mb

      • Linda1000

        Possible I guess but you can’t buy a PC these days that uses floppy discs and CD drives are gone also? I don’t think there is a lot electricity in N. Korea either. 🙂

  • David Murrell

    I like the Guardian pic showing the Great Leader laughing, and his three senior military commanders laughing obediently with him. It reminds me of episode #3 in the old The Twilight Zone film (1983),

    where a little boy, with magical powers, can send anyone away to a netherworld, just by reading their minds, if he gets angry at them. Needless to say, all the adults who live with him act like puppets, catering to his every whim, all so afraid of what he might do to them.

    This is what it is like living in Kim’s inner circle.

  • Blacksmith

    How would anybody notice? I bet their aint a bucketful of clocks in the whole country.

  • Frances

    They’re joining Newfoundland?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Pyongyang savings time.

  • Maggat

    The clock has been turned back and never restarted for a very long time.

  • Even though Pyongyang is only two hours from Seoul.


  • tom_billesley

    Hugo Chavez did the same for Venezuela.

  • Clausewitz
  • Brett_McS

    No, they are now in line with South Australia.

  • DMB