Inside North Korea

Thoughts of North Korea tend to conjure up images of organized military parades, nuclear missile tests and large crowds worshiping a supreme leader; today that’s Kim Jong Un. But there’s so much more to be known about this mysterious country, which has isolated itself from the Western world for decades.

It’s not every day the veil of secrecy surrounding the Northern part of the Korean peninsula is lifted. Benjamin Jakabek, known on Flickr as benyjakabek, shows a glimpse of what ordinary life looks like for North Korea’s 25 million citizens.
Learn more about the photographer and his experiences in North Korea on this weeks episode of The Weekly Flickr.

Sunset over Pyongyang.
North Korea
Sunset over Pyongyang.
A Bus Ride Home.
North Korea
A Bus Ride Home.
Apple Orchard.
North Korea
Apple Orchard.
Performer at the Children's School Palace.
North Korea
Performer at the Children's School Palace.
Pyongyang Metro Murals.
North Korea
Pyongyang Metro Murals.
Kim Il-Sung Square.
North Korea
Kim Il-Sung Square.
Revolutionary Martyre's Cemetery.
North Korea
Revolutionary Martyre's Cemetery.
Smiling Traffic Lady.
North Korea
Smiling Traffic Lady.
Arch of Reunification.
North Korea
Arch of Reunification.
Drawing Class at the Children's School Palace.
North Korea
Drawing Class at the Children's School Palace.
Joint Security Area DMZ.
North Korea
Joint Security Area DMZ.
Closing Curtain at the Children's School Palace.
North Korea
Closing Curtain at the Children's School Palace.
5 Year Old Drummer at the Children's School Palace.
North Korea
5 Year Old Drummer at the Children's School Palace.
Nampo Countryside Well.
North Korea
Nampo Countryside Well.
Nampo Propaganda.
North Korea
Nampo Propaganda.
Kim Il-Sung Apartment Towers.
North Korea
Kim Il-Sung Apartment Towers.
Sea Barrage Boats.
North Korea
Sea Barrage Boats.
Cruising on the Taedong River.
North Korea
Cruising on the Taedong River.
Sea Barrage.
North Korea
Sea Barrage.
Going Home Nampo Countryside.
North Korea
Going Home Nampo Countryside.
Cruising on the Taedong River.
North Korea
Cruising on the Taedong River.
Pyongyang Metro.
North Korea
Pyongyang Metro.
Munsudae Grand Monument.
North Korea
Munsudae Grand Monument.
Cruising on the Taedong River.
North Korea
Cruising on the Taedong River.
Carrying Materials to Work.
North Korea
Carrying Materials to Work.
Revolutionary Martyre's Cemetery.
North Korea
Revolutionary Martyre's Cemetery.
Audio Room at the Education Palace.
North Korea
Audio Room at the Education Palace.
Admirers at the Pyongyang Metro Construction Museum.
North Korea
Admirers at the Pyongyang Metro Construction Museum.
Mural of the Great Leader Inspecting the Construction of the Subway.
North Korea
Mural of the Great Leader Inspecting the Construction of the Subway.
Entrance to the Children's School Palace.
North Korea
Entrance to the Children's School Palace.
100 Meter Deep Metro.
North Korea
100 Meter Deep Metro.
Looking Out.
North Korea
Looking Out.
Performer at the Children's School Palace.
North Korea
Performer at the Children's School Palace.
Mausoleum of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.
North Korea
Mausoleum of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.
View from the Yanggakbo Hotel.
North Korea
View from the Yanggakbo Hotel.
View From the Yanggakbo Hotel.
North Korea
View From the Yanggakbo Hotel.
Pakyon Falls.
North Korea
Pakyon Falls.
Night Time Apartment Blocks.
North Korea
Night Time Apartment Blocks.
Growing Pains.
North Korea
Growing Pains.
Kaesong Homes.
North Korea
Kaesong Homes.

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