Surprisingly Lush Photos of Daily Life in North Korea

Inside the Hermit Kingdom.

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Few have an opportunity to peek behind the veil of North Korea. This photo collection, pulled together by Reuters, reveals a surprisingly varied vision of life in North Korea. (Though of course, as most journalists need to be accompanied by minders, there are probably things we'll never get to see).

There  are parties, there are funny dances that seem to involve see-saws, there are people guiding trains with flags. Below, a selection of our favorite images.

A group of people bow at the base of the giant bronze statue of the state founder and 'Great Leader' Kim-Il Sung in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. (David Gray/Reuters)
North Korean women in dressed in the traditional Hanbok play at a seesaw at the Daesungsan park in Pyongyang during an event commemorating the 62nd anniversary of promulgation of the Law on Equality of Sexes. (Reuters)
A conductor displays flag signals to a passing-by train outside a station featuring a portrait of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung northwest of Pyongyang. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)



Dancers perform under the portraits of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung and the late leader Kim Jong-il during a gala show in Pyongyang. The performances are part of the celebration on the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)
A man on his bicycle is seen next to a local vendor near the North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City in Rajin, northeast of Pyongyang. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.