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North Korea in Color 021
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Jun 2014

A newlywed couple have a marriage photo shoot at the new war museum in Pyongyang.

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North Korea in Black and White 019
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Jun 2014

People walking among high rise buildings with slogans in the back. There are slogans across the country, both in cities and countryside. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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North Korea in Black and White 020
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Jun 2014

Very few shops are visible on the streets of Pyongyang and with the lack of fuel many people are walking. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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North Korea in Black and White 021
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Jun 2014

cyclist and pedestrians along the Taedong River. With not enough fuel most people have to walk or take a bicycle. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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North Korea in Black and White 022
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Jun 2014

The skyline of Pyongyang with the 105 floor Ryugyong Hotel in the middle . The hotel was started in 1987 and is apparently finished now. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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North Korea in Color 022
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Jun 2014

A view of the Pyongyang skyline with a factory in the background.

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North Korea in Black and White 023
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Jun 2014

One of the numerous bronze statues of Kim Il Sung, eternal president of North Korea. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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North Korea in Black and White 024
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Jun 2014

View of Kaesong city. Kaesong city is where the industrial zone between the south and north are located. The zone brings hard needed dollars to the government. Kaesong, North Korea.

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North Korea in Color 023
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Jun 2014

Soldiers on the Demilitarized Zone between the South and North Korea. The two countries are technically still at war.

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North Korea in Color 024
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Jun 2014

The regime is restoring Buddhist monasteries across the country. The reason is not clear but this is happening with most tourist itineraries.

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North Korea in Black and White 025
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Jun 2014

A typical rural village in North Korea with single floor white buildings. Is in the rural area most poor people are living. They can't move to other districts without approval from authorities. Outside Pyongyang, North Korea.

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North Korea in Color
north korea
By Ulrik Pedersen
01 Jun 2014

June, 2014
North Korea

While the grim side of life in North Korea has had plenty of exposure, photographer Ullrik Pedersen captured the colorful side of North Korea, offering a new image of one of the world's most restrictive states.

Although the DPRK officially describes itself as a Juche Korean-style socialist state where elections are held, it is widely considered a dictatorship. The country has been described as totalitarian, Stalinist state with an elaborate cult of personality around the Kim family. Juche, an ideology of self-reliance initiated by the country's first President Kim Il-sung, is the official state ideology. The means of production are owned by the state through state-run enterprises and collectivized farms, and most services such as healthcare, education, housing and food production are state funded or subsidized.

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North Korea in Color 025
By Ulrik Pedersen
01 Jun 2014

A view from the Juche tower. Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, has started a new program attempting to build high-rise buildings in record speed.

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North Korea in Black and White 026
By Ulrik Pedersen
01 Jun 2014

A bus filled with people in the capital of North Korea. There are long quees for busses across the capital. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Celebrations of North Korea
pyongyang
By Gavin John
25 Apr 2014

April 15th in North Korea marks the national holiday of "The Day of the Sun" which commemorates the birth of the countries founder Kim Il-Sung. Across Pyongyang celebrations and performances were held to mark the occasion. Children preformed with almost prodigal talent at the Pyongyang Childrens Palace; a place where grade school children come after school to practice artistic skills. Foreign performers from countries like Russia and Mongolia held a "Spring Friendship Art Festival" in the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to a crowd that included North Korean members of parliament. The finale of "The Day of the Sun" was marked by a grand 20 minute firework display over the Taedong River. When I asked one of my government minders why no military parades are held on that date anymore, he replied with a laugh. "We don't want the world thinking that's all we do here" The photographer visited North Korea (DPRK) in April, 2014.

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Uniforms of North Korea
pyongyang
By Gavin John
24 Apr 2014

There are an estimated nine and a half million members in the Peoples Korean Army in both active and reserve forces inside the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). This fact is quite evident in Pyongyang where buses full of soldiers and officers walking the streets are a common sight. While highly advised against photographing any members of the military, it is a fact of life in the DPRK that is hard to avoid. The DPRK reveres it's military and it's proud to boast of it's "successes" in the 1950-1953 Korean War and it's "victory" over the United States and Republic of Korea armies. The Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum in Pyongyang is a sprawling testament to this version of history, with entire floors dedicated to events such as the "Liberation of Seoul". As well they proudly display destroyed and captured American planes, tanks and even a patrol vessel docked in the nearby river as trophies. All of which are technology not used by the United States for over 40 years. The KPA is most known for it's activities near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with South Korea at the village of Panmunjom. Contrary to popular belief, soldiers from both sides do not face each other on a daily basis. Both the North and the South alternate days standing guard at the border as well as alternate days where visitors can tour the site. This "Tourism Diplomacy" is one of the few co-operative initiatives that the North and South regularly adhere to. The distinctive blue negotiation buildings are no longer used for actual negotiations and is the only place where the photographing of soldiers is tolerated to a certain degree. The photographer visited North Korea (DPRK) in April, 2014

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Daily Life in Pyongyang
Pyongyang
By Gavin John
15 Apr 2014

At first glance Pyongyang seems like any ordinary city, with the bustle you would come to expect from any capital. However, the city of 3.5 million people is anything but ordinary. With a city devoid of any forms of advertising, imposing patriotic posters take their place encouraging citizens to be loyal to the party and nation. Heroic images of soldiers and DPRK flags adorn the roofs of imposing government buildings. Soviet style apartment blocks are painted shades of pastel to cover the drab concrete and create an almost out of character cheery feel to the residential districts. Bus stops feature backdrops of anti-aircraft guns and monuments to the leaders and party pierce the skyline. The streets, while busy, are almost entirely composed of transit vehicles, military trucks or government cars. Very few vehicles appeared to be independently owned and operated by normal citizens. The interior of many of the buildings are kept dim and cold, with all electricity cut off around 1 am every time. That is, besides the portraits of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Ill that adorn many buildings and are constantly illuminated throughout the night. Cut off from the world, the city seems to be stuck in many decades. With architecture of Cold War era Soviet Union, vehicles from both the 70's and 2000's, well dressed fashion from the early 90s, a nationalistic fervor from 1930's Germany, and the latest touch screen smart phones from China. Knowledge of the outside world is equally a skewed, with state run television showing clips of American military technology from the 1980s and 90s, mention of the missing Malaysia Air flight, and a lack of any knowledge of other countries beyond stereotypes from the few citizens we were able to speak with. Yet some sense of normalcy is not hard to find in the city. A skate park bustles with many trying their hand at rollerblading which appeared to be a very popular past-time. Games of volleyball are seen being played anywhere from dirt fields to sprawling squares in the city center usually associated with military parades. Stuck between a heavily militarized and oppressive ideology and a comparatively less visible softer side, Pyongyang is a city of drastic contrasts. The photographer visited North Korea (DPRK) in April, 2014

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Celebrations of North Korea 001
By Gavin John
13 Apr 2014

Children preform during part of "The Day of the Sun" celebrations at the Pyongyang Children's Palace on April 14, 2014. The celebration marks the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung. Children practice various artistic skills for months at the extra curricular school in preparation for such events.Gavin John/Freelance/Transterra Media

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Daily life in Pyongyang 001.
By Gavin John
11 Apr 2014

Portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sun (left) and Kim Jong Ill (right) are lit up on the side of a building in downtown Pyongyang on April 12, 2014. The portraits are visible on most buildings across the city and are kept lit throughout the night. Gavin John/Freelance/Transterra Media

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North Korea - Scenes Of Daily Life & DMZ
Panmunjom, North Korea
By U.S. Editor
16 Apr 2013

Scenes from the demilitarized border zone between North and South Korea.

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South Korean soldiers report for duty
Busan, South Korea
By Ben Weller
08 Apr 2013

South Korean soldiers boarded a bus in Busan bound for their base near Jinju, South Korea, on April 7, 2013. Tensions on the peninsula remain high amid threats from North Korea and ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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South Korean soldiers report for duty...
Busan, South Korea
By Ben Weller
08 Apr 2013

A mother takes a picture of her son, a soldier in the Republic of Korea Armed forces, as he waits aboard a bus headed to his base near Jinju, South Korea, on April 7, 2013.Tensions on the peninsula remain high amid North Korea and the ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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South Korean soldiers report for duty...
Busan, South Korea
By Ben Weller
07 Apr 2013

A South Korean soldier boarded a bus in Busan headed for the military base near Jinju, South Korea, on April 7, 2013. Tensions on the peninsula remain high amid North Korea and the ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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South Korean soldiers report for duty...
Busan, South Korea
By Ben Weller
07 Apr 2013

South Korean soldiers saluted to their families as they sat aboard a bus in Busan headed towards their base near Jinju, South Korea, on April 7, 2013. Tensions on the peninsula remain high amid North Korea and the ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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South Korean soldiers report for duty...
Busan, South Korea
By Ben Weller
07 Apr 2013

A South Korean soldier said goodbye to his girlfriend and his mother before boarding a bus in Busan headed to his base near Jinju, South Korea.Tensions on the peninsula remain high amid North Korea and the ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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South Korean soldiers report for duty...
Busan, South Korea
By Ben Weller
07 Apr 2013

South Korean soldiers boarded a bus in Busan headed to their military base near Jinju, South Korea, on April 7, 2013. Tensions on the peninsula remain high amid North Korea and the ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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South Korean soldiers report for duty
Busan, South Korea
By Mais Istanbuli
07 Apr 2013

South Korean soldiers boarded a bus in Busan headed to their military base near Jinju, South Korea, on April 7, 2013. Tensions on the peninsula remain high amid North Korea and the ongoing joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

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North Korea - Panmunjom
Panmunjom, North Korea
By Piergiorgio Pescali
05 Apr 2013

A North Korean soldier watching the South Korean border

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North Korea - Panmunjom
Panmunjom, North Korea
By Piergiorgio Pescali
05 Apr 2013

A North Korean soldier at Panmumjom Truce Border Line- In background stand two South Korean soldiers.

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Scenes From North Korea
Pyongyang, North Korea
By U.S. Editor
31 Mar 2013

Dancing children, newlyweds and the North Korean military.