I visited the ‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’ over the 2016 Christmas period. Many photos were deleted by a North Korean soldier when leaving the country, but I had backups.

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North Korean state worker stares out of train window.

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Morning commute through the Pyongyang Docklands.

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Soldiers walks through Kim Il-Sung Square. The square where the regime parades its military prowess. Propaganda is blasted from speakers continuously.

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Propaganda billboards

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Dilapidated apartments blocks without electricity or adequate heating.

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Communist statue on the banks of the Taedong River

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Monument to the ‘supreme leaders’ or North Korea. We were encouraged to buy flowers and present them at the foot of the statue.

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Ghost town

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Two dictators

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Pedestrians pass by the Ryungyong Hotel. Construction halted in 1992 due to economic difficulties. It remains unopened to this day

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A genuine smile is hard to find in North Korea, but not impossible!

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Monument to the Korean Workers Party

It depicts a hammer, sickle and brush held by a worker, farmer and an intellectual

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Monument to the Korean Workers Party

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State library with plenty of bias literature towards the regime.

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Commuting to work by bicycle.

The average wage in North Korea is $20-25 per month.

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Tower of the Juche Idea

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Cycling along the Taedong River

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State Office blocks

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Anti-tank defences at DMZ border dividing North and South Korea

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Passing through the poverty stricken rural areas on the way to the DMZ. Photo taken from bus

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State Industrial Zone at the end of the working day.

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Military officer standing guard at the DMZ South/North Korean border

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Sunset over the capital city, Pyongyang.

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There is no escaping the propaganda

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The largest Victory arch in the world for a war that was never won. It is 10 meters taller than France’s Arc de Triomphe complete with a lobby, elevators, movie rooms and secret passages

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Dockland workers camp

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Aerial view of the North Korean state library

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Aerial view of Taedong River bank

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Aerial view of the hermit Kingdom

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Propaganda poster in the city of Kaesong

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