Rare Images From Inside North Korea That Were Smuggled Across The Border
Protecting the Flag
Life in North Korea is a completely different world than we are used to as Americans. The people of North Korea have their every single move watched closely and are so brainwashed and closed off from the world that they don't even really know how bad they have it. These 30 images from deep inside North Korea were smuggled across the border and show us what life is really like.
Here we see a monument commemorating all forms of war. The nobility, the ones who hold the guns, the sound of trumpets, the commander, all to protect the flag. This is one of the most intense pieces in our opinion.
Father and Son Watch
Kim Il-Sung and his son watch over the city and smile. The Mansudae Grand Monument is one of the most prestigious monuments in the country. The perfect way to instill pride and comfort.
Sometimes it's the flag that watches over you. Here in the main ministerial building you're surrounded by two quotes. The quotes state: “Long live our glorious Songun (military-first) revolutionary idea!” and “Long live our Democratic People’s Republic!"
Arc de triumph?
Sure, it may not be France but this arch is pretty extraordinary. It sure as hell looks fun to drive under. The detailing is world class in our opinion.
Guide in Green
This tour guide gives a history lesson to her audience. Wearing traditional army attire, she tells them about the Korean War. The museum is called the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.
Posture in the Plaza
There seems to be a common theme on North Korean posture. Meet in the plaza, hands behind the back, and head perfectly straight. Not a bad idea for this beautiful day!
If only boom boxes were a standard for desks around the world. We'd all like to blast music while getting a stern speaking to. We're all a little envious, huh?
Salute for Security
In Pyongyang someone is always protecting the streets and watching over their people. Perfectly poised and ready to take action. A salute is a great reminder of that.
An attendant stands to help with the train system. The Pyongyang Metro System is pride of the country. We can't help but admire the art, too!
Statue in the Green
Red, Green, and Bronze. A few of our favorite colors. The North Koreans really know how to upkeep their plants and statues.
Here is a beautiful cemetery where they remember their fallen friends and family. The soldiers commemorated here are ones who fought against the Japanese rule. No matter what separates us death is universal.
Murals at Camp
This building is for the International Children’s Union Camp. Although the picture might not reflect exactly what's happening but the camp is located in Wonsan.. The summer camp can hold up to 1,200 children.
Dog Soup Anyone?
We've all heard of dogs being eaten in certain countries. Well, in this case it's true! Dog dishes are common in North Korea and the government even regulates the price. Woof!
Gather in the Valley
Here is a beautiful valley where people bunch together for a tour. North Korea: where the green goes for miles. Like it? We do :)
For most, the hustle and bustle of North Korea is on bike or foot. Biking is a very common mode of transportation. Hey, maybe that's why they're in such good shape.
Soup For All!
This is the portrayal of Democracy by a North Korean artist. Their political leader is hailed by feeding all. Well, at least this is how we all hope Democracy would be in real life.
This run-down town is one that has been forgotten by the government. Countryside towns like this are not uncommon. Here we see Kaesong, which is just east of the city.
Port of the City
People gather in the port city and naval base of Wonsan. The port houses the Mangyongbong-92, a vessel that would travel to Japan. Now if only the North Koreans didn't kidnap Japanese citizens...
Bus Tour? Not exactly...
This is the North Korean adaption of the bus system. Countryside folk ride in the back of these cars to get to where they're going. Hey, at least its a cozy ride!
Rise and Shine
Here is Pyongyang in the morning. Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea. The pyramid-shaped hotel in the background is the 105-story Ryugyong Hotel. Beautiful, right?
This is Kim Il-Sung Square. Here is where they hold celebrations, military events, and parades. This is the real center stage of propaganda.
Wheat and Propoganda
This may look like a casual picture of a man with wheat. However, this reads: “Total concentration, total mobilisation. All head to the harvest battle!” Propaganda... it's everywhere!
To The North!
This is the military checkpoint at Panmunjom. The pole in the distant is what you may call the "North Pole." Santa won't be there... trust us.
Biking in the South
This is Kaesong, the industrial city in the South. Same style but different. As always, bikes are welcome.
Ahh, walking and biking. Such a common way of transportation in North Korea. Even for army men. Why, you may ask? Cars are only for the wealthy and elite.
North Koreans gather for a celebration of dancing and colorful outfits. This looks like an amazing spectacle of their culture. But remember to always face your leaders!
Flowers for the Family
Flowers lay at the foot of this monument. It is inside the Mansudae Art Studio located in Pyongyang. This is one of the most regal monuments in the art studio.
Planes of the North Korean airline Air Koryo are at rest. They are the only one-star airline in the world. They are also currently banned from the EU.
Images of Murder
This is the Museum of United States Atrocity. Here an attendant stands by images of these atrocities. History reflects itself as these pictures show the horrible things that happened at the hands of the American army.
Tending to the Greens
Workers maintain the grass in Pyongyang. Even at minimum wage their workers put in a lot of work. The outfits aren't too shabby either.