The Mystifying Nation of North Korea: Unique Photos from the World’s Most Isolated Country

As we all know, North Korea is under a dictatorship in which immigration and emigration are strictly controlled. Citizens of North Korea are not allowed to freely travel around their own country, let alone other countries. With all the mystery that surrounds the nation, people around the world are more curious than ever to know what it’s like to live in such a society.

You may have heard North Korea is referred to as the Hermit Kingdom. The term is used to refer to any country, organization or society that deliberately walls itself off, metaphorically or physically, from the rest of the world. This is why North Korea has been considered a leading example of what a hermit kingdom is.

Considering how nosey we all are, let’s look at some rarely seen photos from North Korea.

Government Approved Photo-Op

Most of the following photos were taken by Eric Lafforgue, a photographer that went into North Korea to document what it’s like inside. But before looking at his photos, let’s see an example of what types of images the North Korean government chooses deliberately to release. Here we see Kim Jong-un touring a modern factory, surrounded by smiling North Koreans. As pleased as they may seem, the truth is much less rosy.

Government Approved Photo-Op

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