According to Radio Free Asia, North Korean authorities have asked South Korean enterprises in the Kaesong Industrial Complex to replace popular “chocolate pie” cookies with rice cakes to serve as snacks for North Korean workers there.
This is to stop the spread of “capitalist culture” and boost the sales of its own snack producers, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
Radio Free Asia states that North Korea recently started to supply “keongdanseolgi,” the isolated country’s rice-cake version of the South’s cookies known as “Choco Pies” to some of its 53,000 workers in the industrial zone. Choco Pies are similar to Moon Pies in the United States, writes Radio Free Asia.
The Kaesong Industrial Region (KIR) is a special administrative industrial region of North Korea (DPRK), writes Wikipedia. It was formed in 2002 from part of the “Kaesong Directly-Governed City.”
Wikipedia states that the most notable feature of the region is the Kaesong industrial park, operated as a collaborative economic development with South Korea (ROK). The park is located about ten kilometers (or six miles) north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. It is an hour’s drive from Seoul, and has direct road and rail access to South Korea.