Mansudae monument to Kim Il-sung, Pyongyang. A statue of Kim Jong-il was added after his death.
View of the Tower of the Juche Idea from Kim Il-sung Square. Juche is North Korea’s equivalent of a state religion – espousing nationalism and man’s self-sufficiency.
Sunrise over Pyongyang, taken from the 25th floor of the Yanggakdo Hotel
Kim Il-sung Mausoleum, final resting place of the Great Leader. Its ‘Weeping Hall’ has gemstones set into its marble floor, claimed to be the tears of the people which ossified into a display of their eternal sorrow.
Looking up at the Founding of the Korean Workers’ Party Monument. One fist holds a hammer (workers), another a sickle (farmers) and the third a brush (intellectuals).
Celebrating National Day at Moran Park, Pyongyang
Mass dance on the square in front of Kim Il-sung stadium, Pyongyang
View of the Tower of the Juche Idea from the deck of Pyongyang Number One Boat (a floating restaurant)
View over Pyongyang from the 25th floor of the Yanggakdo Hotel
Directing traffic in central Pyongyang (the roads were mostly empty)
View over Pyongyang from the top of the Tower of the Juche Idea
At the Joint Security Area, Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), Panmunjom
Building on the South Korean side of the border, Joint Security Area, DMZ
Joint Security Area, DMZ
Inside the negotiation room that straddles the demarcation line between North and South Korea. The line runs directly under the middle of the table situated immediately behind the soldier.
Reunification Avenue, between Pyongyang and Kaesong. The statues represent the purported long-held dream in North Korea for reunification with the South. The bas-relief on the left represents the South, that on the right the North (see if you can spot the Juche torch…)
Victorious Fatherland Liberation Monument, Pyongyang. In the background is the pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel, which was left unfinished and untouched between 1992 and 2008 (this photo was taken in 2007). The exterior is now mostly complete; the inside remains unfinished.
Girls practising for the Mass Games in Pyongyang (illicitly shot from the window of the tourbus, hence the blur).
Arrivals board at Pyongyang airport
Information desk at Pyongyang airport
Charter plane to Mount Paekdu. Air Koryo’s fleet is made up of old Russian Ilyushin and Tuploev planes from the 1960s, and North Korea’s official carrier is on the EU’s banned list of airlines.
Lake at Mount Paekdu, supposed birthplace of Kim Jong-il. (He was born in Vladivostok, Siberia).
Propaganda slogan on the side of Mount Paekdu
Jong-suk waterfall. Kim Jong-suk was the wife of Kim Il-sung, and Kim Jong-il’s mother.