North Korea is an enigma. They do the absolute weirdest things, but you always hear about them and think, “You know, that makes sense.” It doesn’t. Nothing they do ever does. But it’d be strange for them to suddenly announce they’ll be holding democratic elections or giving up on their seemingly eternal 1980s brainwashing videos. Neither of those things are happening obviously. No, no, instead, North Korea is inventing its own time zone because of course it is.
On Friday, the government (probably named “The Wonderful Sunshine People’s High Floating Masters” or something even longer) announced that North Korea would create “Pyongyang Time,” an entirely new time zone, by setting clocks 30 minutes behind the nearby countries of South Korea and Japan.
In fact, the day the new time zone goes into effect, August 15, is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japanese rule, due to Japan’s surrender in World War II.
“The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time,” said the country’s state-run news agency on Friday.
Korea actually had a short stint of setting its clocks this way right before it was annexed by Japan in 1910. But thank goodness North Korea doesn’t, you know, hold grudges or anything.