A view over the Taedong River in central Pyongyang, viewed from the Yanggakdo Hotel.
A view over the Taedong River in central Pyongyang, viewed from the Yanggakdo Hotel.

North Koreans cycle during a rainshower near the Yanggakdo Hotel, in central Pyongyang.
North Koreans cycle during a rainshower near the Yanggakdo Hotel, in central Pyongyang.

North Koreans queue to enter the 'International Friendship Exhibition' in a city near Pyongyang.
North Koreans queue to enter the ‘International Friendship Exhibition’ in a city near Pyongyang.

A North Korean tour guide stands near a temple, in a small town near Pyongyang.
A North Korean tour guide stands near a temple, in a small town near Pyongyang.

The lounge area of an elaborate hotel in North Korea.
The lounge area of an elaborate hotel in North Korea.

A North Korean man walks along a deserted highway near to the capital, Pyongyang.
A North Korean man walks along a deserted highway near to the capital, Pyongyang.

American guns and munitions sit in the Korean War Museum in central Pyongyang.
American guns and munitions sit in the Korean War Museum in central Pyongyang.

A man stands in the corridors underneath the Juche Tower, in central Pyongyang.
A man stands in the corridors underneath the Juche Tower, in central Pyongyang.

An elaborate painting in the corridors underneath the Juche Tower, in central Pyongyang.
An elaborate painting in the corridors underneath the Juche Tower, in central Pyongyang.

North Koreans stand near an elaborate gate in the grounds of the Kumusan Memorial Palace which houses the embalmed bodies of Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-il.
North Koreans stand near an elaborate gate in the grounds of the Kumusan Memorial Palace which houses the embalmed bodies of Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-il.

A painting of former North Korean leader Kim il-Sung, in downtown Pyongyang.
A painting of former North Korean leader Kim il-Sung, in downtown Pyongyang.

North Koreans walk past an apartment building in central Pyongyang.
North Koreans walk past an apartment building in central Pyongyang.

A man stands next to a swimming pool in the Mangyongdae Children's Palace, an opulent after-school center for the children of North Korea's elite in Pyongyang.
A man stands next to a swimming pool in the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, an opulent after-school center for the children of North Korea’s elite in Pyongyang.

A young girl stands in the hallways of the Mangyongdae Children's Palace, an opulent after-school center for the children of North Korea's elite in Pyongyang.
A young girl stands in the hallways of the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, an opulent after-school center for the children of North Korea’s elite in Pyongyang.

North Korean men read a timetable in a subway station in Pyongyang.
North Korean men read a timetable in a subway station in Pyongyang.

A bride and groom stand in a parking lot, in a small town near Pyongyang.
A bride and groom stand in a parking lot, in a small town near Pyongyang.

A North Korean girl stands on stage in the Mangyongdae Children's Palace, an opulent after-school center for the children of North Korea's elite in Pyongyang.
A North Korean girl stands on stage in the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, an opulent after-school center for the children of North Korea’s elite in Pyongyang.

A painting of former North Korean leader Kim il-Sung, in downtown Pyongyang.
A painting of former North Korean leader Kim il-Sung, in downtown Pyongyang.