Room 39, North Korea
Believed to be housed deep inside the impenetrable walls of the Workers’ Party Building in Pyongyang, Room 39 is a secretive place, accessible to few and protected by the highest levels of security imaginable.
First set up in the 1970s, it is here that a top-secret organisation administers a suspected state-sponsored slush fund, its purpose to secure foreign currency to help keep North Korea’s leadership in power and its enemies at bay.
Rumoured to bring in up to two billion US dollars annually, what goes on in Room 39 is crucial to Kim Jong-Un’s continued existence, with the monies raised believed to be used to acquire political support and fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. With access limited to those in a tight-knit inner circle, Room 39’s secrets don’t tend to leave the building, but no matter what goes on behind closed doors here, there’s no question that this is foremost amongst the world’s most forbidden places.