Rare Illegal Photos Smuggled From Inside Of North Korea
North Korea has long been a country that values privacy and works to make sure that only those that live there know about the ins and outs. That being said, they are also one of the most closed off countries in the world. Here are 18 rare photos from inside the nation that we know so little about.
Here we see a map of the world with North Korea highlighted in red. The man walking below it looks small and diminutive against the large grey backdrop. This type of public show of power is very common in North Korea and other nations where the government has a hold on the people.
Though North Korea claims to be an incredibly wealthy nation, electricity is few and far between even in capital city of Pyongyang. At night the lights only shine in a few buildings and much of the city is dark unlike the skylines of major US cities like New York.
The North Korean coastline, though incredibly vast, is fenced off with electric fencing to keep people from fleeing the country. Over 1500 miles of the coast is partitioned off like this to prevent North Korean citizens from leaving.
The lines for public transportation are long as there are limited busses and other forms of public transit for citizens. Many walk to work and to and from places close to home for this very reason. The public transit system is lacking but in larger cities like Pyongyang the subway is another form of transportation that is somewhat more reliable.
Though the country wants to put on an air of wealth and prosperity but the truth of the matter is that there are immense food shortages across the country. Here a citizen can be seen collecting grass from a local park for food.
This photo shows a farmer with his animal working the fields. Unlike other countries that have switched to mechanized farming, most farming in North Korea is still done by animals and by hand meaning that farm animals and work animals are especially important.
North Korea is very isolated from other countries and here we see the reaction of a group as they see a westerner for what may be the first time. It is very seldom that those in North Korea ever see people from other countries.
Here we see what many have dubbed the Hotel of Doom, the Ryugyong Hotel is not yet completed but it still dominates much of the skyline and many, even those in the country itself, are not happy about it. The hotel is slated for completion sometime in the future but no solid date has been set.
Here we see a photo of a young child in a bare room beneath photos of government leaders. It is not uncommon for homes to have photos of leaders in them. These scenes are common as many homes are sparsely decorated.
To prevent the possibility of land invasion, many roads in North Korea have road side blocks in place to hinder the movement of tanks should the country ever be under fire. Much like the coast, is also serves to make it difficult for citizens to leave.
Here is a photo of an art gallery in Pyongyang during an afternoon power outage. These outages are not uncommon and come and go without warning to residents. These are difficult to predict and come and go with some frequency.
Operating businesses in North Korea is illegal but many families have roadside businesses that help to supplement their meager income so that they can buy essentials like food and clothing. These roadside stands are very common in the more rural parts of the country.
They Pyongyang subway, one of the deepest in the world, not only serves to get commuters to and from work, it also doubles as a bomb shelter for the city that can be accessed from nearly anywhere in the city.
Though education is provided by the government and mandated by the government as well, most farms depend on children to do the labor. Here we see a field full of child workers as they struggle to get the crops taken care of instead of attending school.
Holidays in North Korea are far different from those in the United States and other countries. Instead of barbeques and enjoying free time, citizens are expected to pay homage to their leader by visiting various monuments around the country which can result in long lines.
Though many countries provide their military with food and housing as well as a salary, it is not uncommon to see a North Korean soldier working for their food. They have one of the largest armies in the world which means that they also have trouble providing food and adequate salary as well.
Poverty is not uncommon in North Korea and small, shanty like towns cover the countryside. These towns often have nothing more than dirt roads and small homes that are in disrepair.
Driving is still fairly new to North Korea so signs like the one shown here pepper the road ways. They are designed to tell motorists to be careful of one another and to watch their speed.
Large statues and monuments to government leaders are common in North Korea and citizens are expected to pay homage to them on a regular basis. These are the types of monuments that citizens are expected to pay homage to on holidays in the country.
Since driving is so uncommon in North Korea, there are very few cars on the road and most people walk to and from their work and any other place they need to go. Those that do not walk rely on the somewhat unreliable public transit system to get to and from.