Harmonica house

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Harmonica house is the name used in North Korea for a type of row house found in North Korean cities.[1][2]

A harmonica house is a two-storey building divided into small apartments, so called because when viewed from the front it looks like a harmonica.[3] The typical apartment in a harmonica house is lived in by a couple or small family, and consists of a kitchen and one additional room. Toilets are shared among multiple units, and sometimes there are small attached gardens behind the house.[4]


  1. ^ French, Paul (2007). North Korea: the paranoid peninsula--a modern history (2nd ed., Rev. ed. ed.). London: Zed Books. p. 14. ISBN 1842779052. 
  2. ^ Demick, Barbara (2010). Nothing to envy: ordinary lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau trade pbk. ed. ed.). New York: Spiegel & Grau. ISBN 0385523912. 
  3. ^ Ik-sang Lee (1988). A Peek into North Korea. Seoul, Korea: Naewoe Press. 
  4. ^ Pʻyŏnghwa Tʻongil Yŏnʼguso (1982). Korea and World Affairs. Research Center for Peace and Unification of Korea 16 (A Quarterly Review. Special Issue on North Korea): 53.