North Korea is a mystery to many of us, especially those of us in the west. It’s estimated that only around 5,000 people from the west visit North Korea on a yearly basis, so many don’t know what the country looks like at all. The preconceived notion that we all have in our minds is that North Korea is very desolate with no sense of joy. Is that really the case, though? Let’s take a look at some of the photos that tourists and photographers alike have captured of North Korea that might surprise you.
Outside of the large city areas, you’ll find many of the citizens of North Korea. It’s estimated that around 40 percent of the citizens live in these areas, making the larger cities much more of a tourist destination.
Kim Jong-un made it so that Pyongyang would have an aquarium with performing dolphins, even if it meant spending a lot of money. Many of the visitors to the aquarium are actually soldiers during their downtime, and they’re not allowed to be photographed at the aquarium. This photographer was able to sneak in a picture as many of them look on in amusement at the dolphins performing.