32 Unbelievable Pics From A Photographer Who Visited North Korea!

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A photographer told Boredpanda that, ''Last year, I traveled to North Korea to write and photograph a feature for GQ Magazine in Australia. It was the most fascinating and depressing week of my life. These photos are a glimpse of the carefully choreographed tour that visitors are allowed to go on. It's a facade, for sure, but there are little moments of humanity that peek through.''

Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/im-a-freelance...

1. North Korea bases its calendar on Kim Il-Sung's birthday April 15, 1912.

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2. Elections are held every 5 years in the country, YES! But there is only one option on the voting ballots.

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3. Children have to pay for everything except teachers at school, including desks, tables, and so on.

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5. The airport is generally always calm because entry and exit to the country are kept under control.

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6. It is a country with very impressive architectural works.

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7. Celebrations are often held under government control that are done for the government. People also have to have fun.

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8. Kim Jong always talks about democracy in the country all the time.

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10. But more than half of the country lives below the poverty line.

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11. The news channels and TV also discuss their share of democracy.

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12. Music education is very important in schools in North Korea. A large majority of the country's population knows how to play the accordion.

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15. Declaring any bad opinion about the government or Kim Jong may end you up in prison.

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16. Rungrado May Day Stadium is known as one of the biggest stadium in the world. It has a capacity for more than 150,000 spectators.

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17. There is a law in North Korea called 3 generations of punishment. So if you commit crimes, your grandfather, your grandmother, your parents, or your children are sent to prison with you.

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20. Most traffic lights in the country don't work. Instead, cops control traffic.

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21. According to government officials, the literacy rate of the country is 99%.

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22. There are only 3 TV channels in North Korea.

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23. Only 1 of them can broadcast on weekday evenings. South Korean series are watched illegally.

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24. There are 3 amusement parks in Pyongyang City. They all have minimal technology.

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25. There is an American citizen who chose to stay there after the Korean War.

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Joseph Dresnok crossed the mines with three other soldiers and arrived in North Korea. While other soldiers preferred to return home, this man decided to stay in North Korea.

26. After the war, Kijong-dong (Peace Village) was built near the border to threaten South Korea.

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27. Anyone who wants the constitution of North Korea can take it and read it.

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The constitution mentions freedom of expression, democratic choice, and freedom of religion. Unfortunately, these don't exist in daily life.

28. Kim Jong-il tried to force a director to shoot films. However, the director named Shin Sang-ok succeeded in escaping from the dictator later.

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29. According to the United Nations, nearly 24 million people live in the country without basic human rights.

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30. Only the elite can live in Pyongyang, one of the few cities in North Korea.

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Only reliable, healthy, and loyal citizens are allowed to live in this city.

31. It would not be wrong to say that North Korea is the only example of its kind, a family that leads a country for generations.

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32. This big sculpture always seems to belong to people from the same family ...

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