51 North Korean Photos They Don’t Want You To See

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Ever wonder why there are 2 Koreas? There is South Korea, which more well-known, this is where popular products like Samsung and Lotte come from. Then there is North Korea, that has been shown on the news worldwide for their missile tests, nuclear tests and possible denuclearization talks with South Korea and the United States of America. There are 2 Koreas, since after the hostilities of the Korean war ended in 1953 with the Korean Armistice Agreement. This agreement divided the Korean Peninsula by a demilitarized zone (DMZ), which separates the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
Anyone can travel to South Korea, you just have to purchase a plane ticket and, in some cases, acquire a visa (depending on your nationality). You can travel to South Korea by joining a tour group or you can travel on your own. However, if you wish to travel to North Korea, you will have to join an authorized tour. Visiting North Korea in any other way may be considered as espionage, and people have been imprisoned for long period in North Korea for the simplest reasons.
Do take note that tourism in North Korea is different compared to the rest of the world. Your movement will be controlled and watched; the places you will get to visit will be carefully planned by the North Korean Government. Most tours are run by the Korean International Travel Company, their guides will be the ones who will show you around the country.
If you are the curious type and you prefer to be “off the beaten path”, remember that in North Korea, curiosity can be a reason for you to be expelled from the country, land you in jail, or even get you killed. To avoid any of these consequences, you have to strictly follow the rules and also follow your tour guides to the letter. If you are not interested in the carefully crafted tour group trips to North Korea, you don’t have to risk your life or your freedom to catch a glimpse of how real domestic life is in North Korea. You have to thank two courageous photographers who have taken a lot of photos in North Korea during their travels. Both Michael Huniewicz and Eric Lafforgue have been on numerous trips to North Korea, and they have seen both the façade that is shown during the official tour, as well as glimpses of how life is like there for real. These photographers took photos using zoom lenses, hiding their cameras while taking photos and other such tricks.
Let us see 51 photos that these photographers have taken that might get you in trouble if you tried to take them yourself.