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The Statue of Liberty is a famous monument of New York City. Millions, perhaps billions of photographs have been taken of the statue. Very few people have seen the photograph taken in 1884 Paris of the Statue of Liberty under construction though. All that can be see is the side of her hand and arm as men are working directly on the statue or are working at wooden tables just to the side of her. The photo is likely not seen since everyone wanted to take a photo of the after result and not the before.

In a bizarre photograph the drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was photographed standing in front of the gate that surrounds the White House. The photo was taken in the early 1980s. He is standing by his young son who is dressed casually in a t-shirt and black pants, while Escobar has on a white dress shirt, black pants and a watch on his wrist while he rests a hand on his son’s shoulder. It looks like they were taking a trip as any tourist would if they made a stop by the White House, so it may not be seen often because it is just a family photo while on a vacation.

hile we believe that neurology has gotten advanced in the 21st century and all these technological inventions are made only recently, we need to know that it has been a long process that has been ongoing for a couple of centuries. We are sure that nobody told you about the fact that Neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne electrocuted a man’s face in the year 1862 so that he could read facial features. That must have been painful but it was just the beginning of the evolution in neurology, and it surely looked brutal too, but that work contributed to the modern understanding of neurology.

Test pilot George Aird narrowly escaped death by ejecting sideways from a prototype jet that nosedived (1962). Aird fell through a greenhouse on his way down, breaking both legs but ultimately surviving. The photographer, Jim Meads, had planned on taking a picture of the aircraft as it safely landed at an airfield in England. But thanks to good planning and quick wits he managed to snap this remarkable photo instead. We assure you that things that you are learning here do not exist in your history books so keep reading to find out more.

You might have the impression that the poison gas is the invention of the modern times and it is only recently that its use has begun, but the fact is that it is being used since the very first world war. Now, have a look at the photograph below! You might be wondering that what is the man even doing and so let us tell you that the guy fits the gas mask to the mule probably because he didn’t want the mule to die since that mule must have been a mode of transportation. Starting in World War I and continuing through many conflicts since poison gas has been used extensively in war time.

A photo taken in the 1990s in Afghanistan reveals that before the Taliban took over women were far more modern.  One is dressed in a modern professional looking dress that falls to about knee length and the other has on a modern striped sweater and a knee length skirt. Before the Taliban seized control women were allowed to dress how they wanted, travel how they wanted and were able to attend school and have careers. It’s not seen by many likely because the Taliban does not want any women in the country to see it and attempt to revert back to that style and dress, education and jobs.

In 1912 the Titanic sank, an event that was later dramatized by the movie Titanic starring Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio. There are many photographs of the crew, the interior of the Titanic, but there are very few photographs of people actually having a good time on the Titanic because all photographs sank to the bottom of the ocean. There is one little known photograph of survivors of the Titanic getting onto the Carpathia by life boat. This photo is not seen much because honestly a lot of people are disturbed by the lack of life boats that were on the Titanic and that most of the survivors were the rich passengers of the boat, while majority of the poorer people were locked in the lower levels of the boat to drown with absolutely no chance of getting to a lifeboat.

The Mona Lisa’s return photo after World War II is a strange photo to say the least. The painting was wrapped up carefully and boxed up to be sent back to the Louvre museum.

Before you start thinking that somebody killed all these people in the train let us tell you that there is nothing like that! The truth is that the Japanese “salaryman” has long been known for putting in exhaustingly long days. This photo shows a Tokyo commuter train early in the morning. And all the people who were traveling were sleeping and not dead. They were sleeping because they don’t get to have a proper sleep and while they used to be traveling, they utilized the time.

Most of us have watched a dozen movies by Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and before those movies started, a lion appeared. Watching that lion roaring was a part of the routine whenever we watched any movie by the company. And you might not know, but the first filming of the now world famous MGM opening credits occurred in 1928. The way the lion is so peacefully posing in the photograph below, we wonder that how did they make it the lion so and isn’t that man afraid? I mean, he has a lion in front of him, and it is certainly dangerous.

The other co-conspirator of the Lincoln assassination was Lewis Payne, a confederate soldier. The same night Lincoln was killed, Lewis Payne went with a knife to attack Secretary of State William H. Seward. This rare photo of Lewis Payne shows him sitting in Federal custody before his execution.

There was a time when there was no digital technology, and so the movie makers couldn’t easily give the digital effects to their movies that they wanted. But they had to so, what you see in the photograph below is how they used to make things work. It is one of the Indiana Jones movies set, and we still don’t understand that how did they make everything work so smoothly. All we can say is that they were brilliant people! We hope that you liked the article so don’t forget to SHARE it with the people around you!

After World War II Allied solders stood on Hitler’s balcony and made fun of him by holding a finger over their lips as a fake mustache and held their hand up in the air as a mock of the Nazi salute while soldiers below are laughing. The photo is probably not shown much since most people were not in good spirits after WWII since it was a devastating time. It is a funny photograph to see now though.

Two mannequins that were used in the atomic bomb tests that were done in Nevada in the 1950s were photographed. The photo is eerie as both mannequins look human like.

During the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, an American man punched a south Vietnamese man so he could secure a place on one of the last helicopters to leave. It shows the low side to being so concerned about self preservation that you have to hurt others to get it.

The Beatles took a lot of photographs for their Abbey Road photo shoot. One photo they took is of them walking in the opposite direction than what they used for the final photo of their Abbey Road album cover.

During World War II Queen Elizabeth served her country. She served as a mechanic as is pictured in this rare photograph of her in uniform leaning against a military vehicle.

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Whether it’s because they don’t want us to know or because it’s so difficult to get the information, North Korea is pretty much a mystery. Lately, however, some rare photos have been emerging that give us a peak into the lifestyle over there. Here is a look as to what is really happening in the country behind the curtain.

The anger is palpable

Despite regime propaganda portraying its people as being generally smiling, happy and well-fed, several of these pictures seem to show that the actual lives of North Koreans is anything but positive.

The anger is palpable

Using a hidden camera, this photographer snapped a picture of some random people on their way to work. The results are show a different, much less sanitized version of the totalitarian country.

Empty grocery stores

Due to a famine hitting the country because of international trade sanctions, North Koreans live off of food rations from the government.

Empty grocery stores

The government claims that they provide their citizens with all that they need but in reality, as this photo which was secretly taken of a grocery store proves, this is not necessarily the case. This Pyongyang supermarket is for the above average (although not elite) North Korean, and shows the paltry offerings on hand, mainly apples, turnips, and leeks.

Welcome to North Korea!

Known as the Hermit Kingdom for being so isolated and closed off, this pariah state is notorious for keeping the lives of its citizens and military a closely guarded secret.

Welcome to North Korea!

While they are known for performing illegal nuclear tests, concentration camps, and having a fierce military, not all is as it seems. A daring photographer on a recent trip to the country took photos of everyday life in North Korea, an act which could have cost him his life or gotten him charged as a spy and sent to a concentration camp.

The people are starving

Most of the country of North Korea is starving, with a huge percentage of the population dangerously malnourished, eating rats and squirrels for sustenance.

The people are starving

The country is therefore trying to increase its arable farmland in order to feed its people. However, due to still using farming methods from the 1700s, this isn’t really working out, with people all over the country emaciated and malnourished. North Koreans who escape to China are easily recognizable for being extremely thin, and for their tendencies to eat everything they see.

The train to nowhere

When foreigners come to visit the Hermit Kingdom, they are taken on tightly controlled, heavily monitored tours where photographing the wrong thing may just put you in jail, or worse.

The train to nowhere

This photographer risked his life by taking a photo of a nearly empty train station. North Korean citizens are closely watched, and they are not allowed to travel outside of their own town or village without express written permission from the regime. The train here is mainly for tourists, and just another cog in the regime’s propaganda machine.

Gray buildings on a gray street

The primary architectural style in North Korea in general and Pyongyang in particular is the old Soviet style uniform cement gray.

Gray buildings on a gray street

Technically a communist country, the regime says that everyone is equal, and therefore the buildings should be equal as well. However, due to international sanctions and low technical abilities, many of these buildings are not structurally sound, and many more simply lie empty.

A taxi to where?

There are a surprising amount of taxi cabs in North Korea, but they all seem to be centered in the capital city, Pyongyang.

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A taxi to where?

Despite the harsh poverty in the country, North Korea’s elite – many of whom are multi-millionaires – are probably the ones keeping all of these cabs (all of which is state run) in business. Chances are high that if you tried to order an Uber in Pyongyang, you wouldn’t be able to find any!

How strong are they really?

This photo from a train shows some of rural North Korea with what appears to be a small rice paddy in the foreground, and a truck carrying people as it drives along the road.

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How strong are they really?

However, upon closer inspection one can see that those people in the back of that beat up looking truck from circa 1986 are actually soldiers! For a country which claims to be so strong and so modern, it seems a bit suspicious that their soldiers need to be transported in the back of an old pickup truck!

Electric Fence

North Korea has miles upon miles of beautiful beaches and coastlines, as can be seen in this picture. However, upon closer inspection, one can see that all along this coastal road is a fence.

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Electric Fence

Not just any fence, but a fully electrified fence. This is a country which can’t afford to give all of its citizens electricity, but has an electrified fence surrounding the country in order to make sure its citizens never leave.

Walking in the street

A country as big as North Korea needs roads so that people and goods can move from one place to another. However, private car ownership is so low that there is almost never any traffic to speak of!

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Walking in the street

In fact, in most of Pyongyang or other cities in the country, it is normal to see people walking on wide boulevards meant for car traffic because they know that there will never be any cars coming down the street.

Fake modernity

Downtown Pyongyang is a place that the North Korean tour guides love to show off. There are tons of modern looking, flashy buildings which wouldn’t look out of place in countries such as China, Japan, or even Europe!

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Fake modernity

However, these buildings are sadly mainly just a sham – most of them are empty or incomplete on the inside, and those that are complete don’t have electricity! Can you imagine having to walk up to the top of one of those towers?

What a relief!

Sometimes when you gotta go you gotta go, as this guy is doing in this hidden camera picture. However, in a country where everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) is controlled by the government, this guy is taking quite a risk.

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What a relief!

In the United States, should a cop see someone relieving themselves on the side of the road, the person in question will probably receive a ticket. In North Korea, this man would likely be sent to a concentration camp.

Big brother is watching

Just like in a chapter of 1984, everyone’s movements and words are monitored by the government. There isn’t a place in North Korea where you aren’t being watched, with hidden cameras and microphones located everywhere from homes to offices, parks and squares to even busses and cars!

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Big brother is watching

It is a not uncommon sight to see North Korean military watchtowers watching towns, making sure that everyone is in line.

Government building

This shot of the Central Government Building is interesting for a whole number of reasons. First of all, it shows government bureaucrats walking around in their average day to day lives.

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Government building

Secondly, it shows no cars on the roads, and people just walking about knowing full well that they will not be hit by a car. Thirdly, it shows that this photographer was extraordinarily brave, as taking a picture of this building can get you arrested on grounds of espionage, and executed.

More roads without cars

As you can see, this is what constitutes a railroad stop in rural North Korea – a literal hole in a wall and a dirt path leading to the railroad tracks.

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More roads without cars

Due to the fact that it is nearly impossible to get a permit to travel outside of their own home villages, it makes sense that there isn’t much real infrastructure for traveling outside of the North Korean capital Pyongyang.

Constant propaganda

Imagine watching the president speak all day every day in between patriotic country music videos as well as propagandist history shows.

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Constant propaganda

And not only that this is all that is on TV, but you are, by law, REQUIRED to keep these on in your home or business if you have a television or radio. If you don’t keep your television or radio on in order to at least listen to the propaganda you can be put in jail, or worse.

Ghost towns

There are tons of cities and towns all across North Korea. The problem is, not all of these towns and cities are populated – at least not all of the time.

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Ghost towns

In order to make a city look prosperous and alive, especially to foreign satellites and spy planes, the Hermit Kingdom’s regime will periodically call on the entire population of a town to uproot and move to a different town, thus making it seem to observes looking at North Korea from afar that all is well in the pariah state.

Where the grass is tastier

For those North Koreans too poor to go to a grocery store – IE 90% of them – many have resorted to eating what they can find on the ground, including scraps, rats, birds, and even grass and leaves.

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Where the grass is tastier

In fact, the North Korean government has actually put out a cookbook on what types of grasses and leaves taste the best, and how eating all of those greens all the time isn’t so bad after all! Although to be honest, if you’re eating grass, things have probably gotten pretty bad.

Military is everywhere

In order to keep their population in line, the North Korean government simply has military everywhere, including every city and farm.

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Military is everywhere

That includes this soldier, who’s only job in life is to tell people in this tiny little North Korean farming village when a train is coming and blocking them from getting on the tracks. Imagine, a soldier to guard a track for a train to run on once a day!

Idol worship

One of the craziest things about North Korea is that their religion is actually their leaders. In fact, the actual leader of the country is a man named Kim Il Sung, a man who died almost 25 years ago!

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Idol worship

Their prophets are Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un, the son and grandson of the “dear leader” Kim Il Sung. That’s why these people are bowing to these giant statues – they are actually praying to them!

Join the army, get rich

One of the only ways to ensure that you and your family will have enough food or even have the most remote chance of a decent life is by going into the conscript military.

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Join the army, get rich

Although it requires a huge amount of connections, if you can get lucky and pull the right strings, you just might be able to become an officer and guarantee that you and your family won’t be eating grass. This is a rare picture, as the officers are a secretive class.

They got their eye on you

They keep a watchful eye out on every single street corner, making sure that the people are doing what they are supposed to be doing, and reporting the activities of anyone and everyone directly to the state authorities.

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They got their eye on you

As can be seen in this photograph taken from a hidden camera, this soldier is meant to be guarding these women whose only job is to sweep dust and dirt off of this street with, you guessed it, no cars!

Constant construction

This is a group of North Korean construction workers heading to their work site in Pyongyang. The North Korean regime loves to point out how modern the country is becoming without outside help, and loves to show visitors the huge leaps forward in construction of the country.

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Constant construction

However, due to a combination of lack of skilled architects, shoddy craftsmanship, and the fact that most of these guys have probably only eaten grass for a week, the buildings in North Korea aren’t exactly fit for human habitation.

Guided tours

Most cities have guided tours, but the tour guides are happy to let you wander and explain what you are seeing as you go along.

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Guided tours

But in North Korea, the tours are all organized by the state. The people you are allowed to speak to are vetted by the state. And if you go wandering and your tour guide loses you, congratulations! Now you have a new cellmate because you wandered off (jail sentence) and your guide lost you (jail sentence)!

Fake travelers

This is a government sanctioned photo taken by a tourist in a train station in Pyongyang, North Korea. However, the funniest part of the photo is, despite it looking like a normal train station with busy travelers milling about, the fact is that these are all actors.

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Fake travelers

Because the trains are primarily to shuttle tourists around, the train station closes very early. By the time this picture was taken (which shows people walking into the train station), the trains had actually stopped running!

No traveling for North Koreans

This bus in the country side which is clearly a relic from the 1960s (it doesn’t look like there is even air conditioning!) is a rare sight.

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No traveling for North Koreans

The average North Korean will probably never leave their village, as the entrances to many cities and towns are tightly controlled by the military. If someone does receive permission to get out, then they are likely to be arrested on trumped-up charges of espionage.

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What a country it must be to have a 0% unemployment rate and jobs for everyone! That must mean they have a great economy!

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0 unemployment

Such a great economy, that even schoolgirls will take straw brooms to brush the dust off the street. Of course, this isn’t exactly the case, but when unofficial figures are impossible to come by, then there is no choice but to take the government’s unemployment numbers to heart. Ok, maybe with the largest grain of salt ever.

China across the way

This photo is perhaps the greatest way to compare how poor and backwards North Korea is as it relates to the rest of the world.

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China across the way

On the right hand side of the photograph is the Chinese town of Tumen, situated on the Tumen river. On the left is a North Korean river village. Many North Koreans try to cross the river when it freezes solid in the winter, and the military will run after them into China to capture them and bring them back. The North Koreans even kidnap random people for ransom!

Antiquated agriculture

This is a picture taken in secret from a bus passing what appears to be a man behind a steer trying to plow the soil.

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Antiquated agriculture

However, by the looks of the soil from the photo, it seems as if the ground is full of rocks, exactly what you DON’T want when planting crops! Hopefully this poor man will be able to plant something to sustain his family. Or maybe the North Korean government has a recipe for eating boulders?

Children working the fields

This picture, illegally taken in the North Korean countryside and smuggled out on a USB drive when the photographer left the country.

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Children working the fields

The picture shows children, some seemingly as young as six years old, helping to work the communal farm fields. According to the man’s government tour guide, this typically happens during harvest season when there is a severe economic downturn, a downturn the guide says is caused by America.

Fishing in a river

These men are all fishing for their dinners on the banks of the Taedong river. No, this isn’t a scene from some poor, remote village – this is a scene from the North Korean Capital Pyongyang.

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Fishing in a river

There is sever malnutrition throughout the whole country, and because fresh fish and meat are nearly impossible to come by in grocery stores, these men must fish in the city’s river to get the protein that they and their families need.

Washing in rivers

Because running water is so scarce across much of North Korea (even if you have a faucet, there is a slim chance that there is any water being pumped through any of the pipes), the way that most people bathe is by going into the rivers with soap and letting the flowing water take their dirt away.

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Washing in rivers

Pictures like this are prohibited by the North Korean government because the censors say that it portrays the country as a poor, depressed backwater.

Computers with no electricity

To show off how modern their lives are, the North Korean government has their tour guides take visitors to an “average” North Korean family to show off the fact that they can afford computers and are connected to a special, North Korea only intranet!

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Computers with no electricity

Although the screen didn’t work because there was no electricity when this photo was taken, the actress, er North Korean citizen, was still typing on the keyboard.

North Koreans don’t rest on their laurels

Because so few North Koreans have cars, most of them walk or bike up to four hours each way every day in order to get to their place of employment.

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North Koreans don’t rest on their laurels

Even a professional bicyclist like Lance Armstrong needed “help” to be able to ride for that amount of time! But when the photographer snapped this picture, he allegedly got yelled at by his minder, saying that it is a crime to show people being tired in North Korea.

Antiquated agriculture

Millions of children across North Korea are malnourished, with tens of thousands suffering from stunted growth and severe malnutrition.

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Antiquated agriculture

This is partly because approximately a fifth of the food production in the country has failed, leaving many in the rural areas – especially children – without enough to eat. Meanwhile, the leadership in Pyongyang which is wealthy and close to the regime is plump and happy. This picture is illegal as it goes against North Korean government claims of there being no underfed children in the country.

Hitchhiking soldiers

Due to there being almost no cars in North Korea, people usually walk and ride bikes everywhere. But when cars do come along, many people hitchhike, and the ones who get first dibs on rides are, of course, the soldiers.

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Hitchhiking soldiers

But why can’t they just take a bus? Because there is no public transportation between towns, and the only way to leave town is by receiving express written permission from the government to travel. This picture is of a group of people walking on a highway between towns.

Soldiers help too

Farming is a national activity which requires everyone to become involved in some way shape or form. New recruits and those of the lower ranks, when they aren’t practicing how to shoot at targets or learning North Korean military doctrine, they need to find a way to make a living and make money.

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Soldiers help too

Many conscripts, like this young soldier here, work on farms in exchange for food and money, as the North Korean government doesn’t have the means to pay all of its soldiers.

An average North Korean street

The photographer was taken to the North Korean border town of Kaesong, located right on the border with South Korea.

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An average North Korean street

Although the guides told him that the relatively nice area the hotel was in was how the rest of the city looked, the photographer managed to snag a few shots of the crippling poverty which exemplifies all of the areas of North Korea which lie outside of the capital city Pyongyang.

Tire fishing

Just like on the banks of the Taedong river, this man in a rural area of North Korea is trying to catch fish for his family’s meal, as he surely won’t get any rationed out to him by the regime.

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Tire fishing

He is so desperate to get some bit of protein that he has upped his chances of catching fish by taking an old tractor tire and, using is as a boat, rowed himself out into the middle of a small pond. Hopefully he was able to catch something that day.

Malnourished people

The North Korean regime is very sensitive about showing how poor and starving their people are, trying to preserve a facade of success and happiness and strength to the outside world.

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Malnourished people

However, the photographer was able to snap this picture of a rural North Korean laborer who shows clear signs of malnutrition and iron deficiency brought about by not enough food. The photographer could have been put in a concentration camp for this picture.

Plumbing? What plumbing

This photo shows the inside of a North Korean home, specifically the bathroom. Taken after having evaded his government minder for a minute, the picture shows the plumbing in the house – or rather, the lack thereof.

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Plumbing? What plumbing

The picture clearly shows a hand pump used to pump underground well water, but the water is going into a bath. This water isn’t for bathing however – it is for drinking, with the bathtub being used as a water storage tank!

Immense poverty

North Korea maintains that it is a regular country just like all the rest, except that it is a perfect communist state with no crime, fully healthy people, and no poverty whatsoever.

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Immense poverty

However, just one look outside of Pyongyang will show you that the entire country is mired in poverty, like this rural village. This photograph was smuggled out of North Korea by the photographer who risked his life bringing these images to the outside world.

Blackout

Just like in the rest of North Korea, blackouts are an all too common occurrence in the capital Pyongyang. In this photo one can see that there are no lights on in any of the buildings, as there is simply no electrical current in the city at this time.

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Blackout

The only thing with light is a picture of the Dear Leader of North Korea. While a North Korean may show that this proves he is divine, other skeptics may argue that it’s just an industrious citizen who was able to get their hands on an electric generator.

Antiquated agriculture

Due to the lack of public transportation, North Koreans are forced to hitchhike if they want to get around under the radar.

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Antiquated agriculture

There are many drivers who have their own personal vehicles (or company trucks as in this picture) who make extra money on the side by charging people for rides. Any form of private enterprise is considered illegal in the Hermit Kingdom, which makes what these drivers are doing very risky.

No electricity

Despite being billed as a worker’s paradise, most of the country does not have access to electricity, with rolling blackouts across the country a common occurrence.

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No electricity

Especially now that China is refusing to import North Korean coal, the Hermit Kingdom is having a lot of difficulty keeping the lights on. Look at a light map of the world, and you will see a giant dark spot where North Korea should be.

Public transport nightmare

Just like everything else in this quasi fascist state, even intra-city public transportation is in short supply. There is only public transportation in the capital Pyongyang, and the busses which come are few and far between.

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Public transport nightmare

That is why scenes like this happen, whereby people wait in huge lines, sometimes for hours, just to get to work and back. And you thought that your daily commute was bad. We’ll take our traffic jams.

Gender specific work spaces

Most of the jobs in North Korea are divided by gender, just like how the United States and most of the world was back in the 1950s.

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Gender specific work spaces

It seems as if the entire country is in a 1950s time warp, where nothing has progressed. If anything, the entire society has regressed back to the feudal ages. These women are probably best friends who work together, and in North Korean society, it is not unusual to see grown men or grown women holding each others’ hands.

Foreigners are rare

Not too long ago (think 2012), it was extremely rare for foreigners to be granted access to the Hermit Kingdom.

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Foreigners are rare

In fact, the only way to get into North Korea was to stay at a North Korean run hotel in China, give your passport to the North Korean embassy there (with a nice bribe inside of course), and wait. The process is now a lot simpler, and they are more used to tourists. This picture was taken before tourists were a normal sight.

Ryugyong hotel

This gigantic building in the middle of Pyongyang is meant to be a hotel. Standing at 105 stories, it is indeed a giant and testament to North Korean engineering.

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Ryugyong hotel

Construction began in 1987, but was halted in 1992 due to lack of funds because of the fall of the Soviet Union. The building stood uncompleted until about 2011 when the exterior was finished. The interior still isn’t done though, and the building has yet to open.

Always watching

Inside every home in North Korea are pictures of the three leaders of the country: Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un.

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Always watching

Every family must have these pictures prominently displayed in their homes, and people will essentially pray to them due to the Kim’s cult of personality. In fact, there is a famous story of a little girl who died trying to save the pictures of the Kims from a flood, and she is now venerated as a hero.

Prepared for war

These giant blocks on this road are not meant for decoration. They are meant to be blown up in order to create tank traps in case of an invasion (primarily by the United States).

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Prepared for war

As these blocks fall they block the road so nothing can pass. Additionally, one can see that there are also a lot of rocks forming the wall which are designed to be shrapnel so that any ground soldier will be injured, or worse.

Leisure time

Believe it or not, North Koreans are people just like you and me and enjoy their leisure time. One of the main things that (wealthy) North Korean children love to do is rollerblade.

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Leisure time

Despite the fact that they may be about 20 years late to the party on this one, it is something that gives them pleasure, and a tiny sign of the country sort of catching up to the rest of the world.

Resistance?

This girl is holding something which could get her, her family, her future children and her future grandchildren sent to a concentration camp.

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Resistance?

Weapons of any sort are strictly forbidden in North Korea for fear of an uprising or a coup. Anyone carrying a weapon will get sent to a camp and have three generations of their family imprisoned. It makes us wonder, are there more like her out there waiting on the world to save them?

Illegal business

This woman has set up an illegal business in her small village, selling a few essentials to make a little bit more money to try and improve her and her childrens’ situations.

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Illegal business

However, most of the authorities in the area probably do not care too much, as she is probably selling smuggled goods from China such as cigarettes and candy to them as well. As long as she sells at a good price or gives them gifts, she will be fine.

No kids no food

This is yet another photo showing children working the fields in North Korea. It appears that without the government taking these kids out of school to work, there would be even less food in the country than there already is.

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No kids no food

These children, especially out in the poor countryside, probably have no idea what a real childhood is like, and think that everyone all around the world has to work this hard too.

Isolated

North Korea believes that the entire Korean peninsula belongs to it. That is why it has a huge military arsenal pointed at the country of South Korea, including nuclear weapons.

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Isolated

Due to the bellicose nature of the leadership and its refusal to speak to the West, North Korea has been almost completely sealed off from the rest of the world with no friends except for China, Sudan, Syria, and Iran.

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Whether it’s because they don’t want us to know or because it’s so difficult to get the information, North Korea is pretty much a mystery. Lately, however, some rare photos have been emerging that give us a peak into the lifestyle over there. Here is a look as to what is really happening in the country behind the curtain.

The anger is palpable

Despite regime propaganda portraying its people as being generally smiling, happy and well-fed, several of these pictures seem to show that the actual lives of North Koreans is anything but positive.

The anger is palpable

Using a hidden camera, this photographer snapped a picture of some random people on their way to work. The results are show a different, much less sanitized version of the totalitarian country.

Empty grocery stores

Due to a famine hitting the country because of international trade sanctions, North Koreans live off of food rations from the government.

Empty grocery stores

The government claims that they provide their citizens with all that they need but in reality, as this photo which was secretly taken of a grocery store proves, this is not necessarily the case. This Pyongyang supermarket is for the above average (although not elite) North Korean, and shows the paltry offerings on hand, mainly apples, turnips, and leeks.

Welcome to North Korea!

Known as the Hermit Kingdom for being so isolated and closed off, this pariah state is notorious for keeping the lives of its citizens and military a closely guarded secret.

Welcome to North Korea!

While they are known for performing illegal nuclear tests, concentration camps, and having a fierce military, not all is as it seems. A daring photographer on a recent trip to the country took photos of everyday life in North Korea, an act which could have cost him his life or gotten him charged as a spy and sent to a concentration camp.

The people are starving

Most of the country of North Korea is starving, with a huge percentage of the population dangerously malnourished, eating rats and squirrels for sustenance.

The people are starving

The country is therefore trying to increase its arable farmland in order to feed its people. However, due to still using farming methods from the 1700s, this isn’t really working out, with people all over the country emaciated and malnourished. North Koreans who escape to China are easily recognizable for being extremely thin, and for their tendencies to eat everything they see.

The train to nowhere

When foreigners come to visit the Hermit Kingdom, they are taken on tightly controlled, heavily monitored tours where photographing the wrong thing may just put you in jail, or worse.

The train to nowhere

This photographer risked his life by taking a photo of a nearly empty train station. North Korean citizens are closely watched, and they are not allowed to travel outside of their own town or village without express written permission from the regime. The train here is mainly for tourists, and just another cog in the regime’s propaganda machine.

Gray buildings on a gray street

The primary architectural style in North Korea in general and Pyongyang in particular is the old Soviet style uniform cement gray.

Gray buildings on a gray street

Technically a communist country, the regime says that everyone is equal, and therefore the buildings should be equal as well. However, due to international sanctions and low technical abilities, many of these buildings are not structurally sound, and many more simply lie empty.

A taxi to where?

There are a surprising amount of taxi cabs in North Korea, but they all seem to be centered in the capital city, Pyongyang.

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A taxi to where?

Despite the harsh poverty in the country, North Korea’s elite – many of whom are multi-millionaires – are probably the ones keeping all of these cabs (all of which is state run) in business. Chances are high that if you tried to order an Uber in Pyongyang, you wouldn’t be able to find any!

How strong are they really?

This photo from a train shows some of rural North Korea with what appears to be a small rice paddy in the foreground, and a truck carrying people as it drives along the road.

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How strong are they really?

However, upon closer inspection one can see that those people in the back of that beat up looking truck from circa 1986 are actually soldiers! For a country which claims to be so strong and so modern, it seems a bit suspicious that their soldiers need to be transported in the back of an old pickup truck!

Electric Fence

North Korea has miles upon miles of beautiful beaches and coastlines, as can be seen in this picture. However, upon closer inspection, one can see that all along this coastal road is a fence.

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Electric Fence

Not just any fence, but a fully electrified fence. This is a country which can’t afford to give all of its citizens electricity, but has an electrified fence surrounding the country in order to make sure its citizens never leave.

Walking in the street

A country as big as North Korea needs roads so that people and goods can move from one place to another. However, private car ownership is so low that there is almost never any traffic to speak of!

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Walking in the street

In fact, in most of Pyongyang or other cities in the country, it is normal to see people walking on wide boulevards meant for car traffic because they know that there will never be any cars coming down the street.

Fake modernity

Downtown Pyongyang is a place that the North Korean tour guides love to show off. There are tons of modern looking, flashy buildings which wouldn’t look out of place in countries such as China, Japan, or even Europe!

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Fake modernity

However, these buildings are sadly mainly just a sham – most of them are empty or incomplete on the inside, and those that are complete don’t have electricity! Can you imagine having to walk up to the top of one of those towers?

What a relief!

Sometimes when you gotta go you gotta go, as this guy is doing in this hidden camera picture. However, in a country where everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) is controlled by the government, this guy is taking quite a risk.

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What a relief!

In the United States, should a cop see someone relieving themselves on the side of the road, the person in question will probably receive a ticket. In North Korea, this man would likely be sent to a concentration camp.

Big brother is watching

Just like in a chapter of 1984, everyone’s movements and words are monitored by the government. There isn’t a place in North Korea where you aren’t being watched, with hidden cameras and microphones located everywhere from homes to offices, parks and squares to even busses and cars!

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Big brother is watching

It is a not uncommon sight to see North Korean military watchtowers watching towns, making sure that everyone is in line.

Government building

This shot of the Central Government Building is interesting for a whole number of reasons. First of all, it shows government bureaucrats walking around in their average day to day lives.

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Government building

Secondly, it shows no cars on the roads, and people just walking about knowing full well that they will not be hit by a car. Thirdly, it shows that this photographer was extraordinarily brave, as taking a picture of this building can get you arrested on grounds of espionage, and executed.

More roads without cars

As you can see, this is what constitutes a railroad stop in rural North Korea – a literal hole in a wall and a dirt path leading to the railroad tracks.

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More roads without cars

Due to the fact that it is nearly impossible to get a permit to travel outside of their own home villages, it makes sense that there isn’t much real infrastructure for traveling outside of the North Korean capital Pyongyang.

Constant propaganda

Imagine watching the president speak all day every day in between patriotic country music videos as well as propagandist history shows.

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Constant propaganda

And not only that this is all that is on TV, but you are, by law, REQUIRED to keep these on in your home or business if you have a television or radio. If you don’t keep your television or radio on in order to at least listen to the propaganda you can be put in jail, or worse.

Ghost towns

There are tons of cities and towns all across North Korea. The problem is, not all of these towns and cities are populated – at least not all of the time.

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Ghost towns

In order to make a city look prosperous and alive, especially to foreign satellites and spy planes, the Hermit Kingdom’s regime will periodically call on the entire population of a town to uproot and move to a different town, thus making it seem to observes looking at North Korea from afar that all is well in the pariah state.

Where the grass is tastier

For those North Koreans too poor to go to a grocery store – IE 90% of them – many have resorted to eating what they can find on the ground, including scraps, rats, birds, and even grass and leaves.

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Where the grass is tastier

In fact, the North Korean government has actually put out a cookbook on what types of grasses and leaves taste the best, and how eating all of those greens all the time isn’t so bad after all! Although to be honest, if you’re eating grass, things have probably gotten pretty bad.

Military is everywhere

In order to keep their population in line, the North Korean government simply has military everywhere, including every city and farm.

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Military is everywhere

That includes this soldier, who’s only job in life is to tell people in this tiny little North Korean farming village when a train is coming and blocking them from getting on the tracks. Imagine, a soldier to guard a track for a train to run on once a day!

Idol worship

One of the craziest things about North Korea is that their religion is actually their leaders. In fact, the actual leader of the country is a man named Kim Il Sung, a man who died almost 25 years ago!

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Idol worship

Their prophets are Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un, the son and grandson of the “dear leader” Kim Il Sung. That’s why these people are bowing to these giant statues – they are actually praying to them!

Join the army, get rich

One of the only ways to ensure that you and your family will have enough food or even have the most remote chance of a decent life is by going into the conscript military.

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Join the army, get rich

Although it requires a huge amount of connections, if you can get lucky and pull the right strings, you just might be able to become an officer and guarantee that you and your family won’t be eating grass. This is a rare picture, as the officers are a secretive class.

They got their eye on you

They keep a watchful eye out on every single street corner, making sure that the people are doing what they are supposed to be doing, and reporting the activities of anyone and everyone directly to the state authorities.

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They got their eye on you

As can be seen in this photograph taken from a hidden camera, this soldier is meant to be guarding these women whose only job is to sweep dust and dirt off of this street with, you guessed it, no cars!

Constant construction

This is a group of North Korean construction workers heading to their work site in Pyongyang. The North Korean regime loves to point out how modern the country is becoming without outside help, and loves to show visitors the huge leaps forward in construction of the country.

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Constant construction

However, due to a combination of lack of skilled architects, shoddy craftsmanship, and the fact that most of these guys have probably only eaten grass for a week, the buildings in North Korea aren’t exactly fit for human habitation.

Guided tours

Most cities have guided tours, but the tour guides are happy to let you wander and explain what you are seeing as you go along.

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Guided tours

But in North Korea, the tours are all organized by the state. The people you are allowed to speak to are vetted by the state. And if you go wandering and your tour guide loses you, congratulations! Now you have a new cellmate because you wandered off (jail sentence) and your guide lost you (jail sentence)!

Fake travelers

This is a government sanctioned photo taken by a tourist in a train station in Pyongyang, North Korea. However, the funniest part of the photo is, despite it looking like a normal train station with busy travelers milling about, the fact is that these are all actors.

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Fake travelers

Because the trains are primarily to shuttle tourists around, the train station closes very early. By the time this picture was taken (which shows people walking into the train station), the trains had actually stopped running!

No traveling for North Koreans

This bus in the country side which is clearly a relic from the 1960s (it doesn’t look like there is even air conditioning!) is a rare sight.

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No traveling for North Koreans

The average North Korean will probably never leave their village, as the entrances to many cities and towns are tightly controlled by the military. If someone does receive permission to get out, then they are likely to be arrested on trumped-up charges of espionage.

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What a country it must be to have a 0% unemployment rate and jobs for everyone! That must mean they have a great economy!

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0 unemployment

Such a great economy, that even schoolgirls will take straw brooms to brush the dust off the street. Of course, this isn’t exactly the case, but when unofficial figures are impossible to come by, then there is no choice but to take the government’s unemployment numbers to heart. Ok, maybe with the largest grain of salt ever.

China across the way

This photo is perhaps the greatest way to compare how poor and backwards North Korea is as it relates to the rest of the world.

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China across the way

On the right hand side of the photograph is the Chinese town of Tumen, situated on the Tumen river. On the left is a North Korean river village. Many North Koreans try to cross the river when it freezes solid in the winter, and the military will run after them into China to capture them and bring them back. The North Koreans even kidnap random people for ransom!

Antiquated agriculture

This is a picture taken in secret from a bus passing what appears to be a man behind a steer trying to plow the soil.

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Antiquated agriculture

However, by the looks of the soil from the photo, it seems as if the ground is full of rocks, exactly what you DON’T want when planting crops! Hopefully this poor man will be able to plant something to sustain his family. Or maybe the North Korean government has a recipe for eating boulders?

Children working the fields

This picture, illegally taken in the North Korean countryside and smuggled out on a USB drive when the photographer left the country.

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Children working the fields

The picture shows children, some seemingly as young as six years old, helping to work the communal farm fields. According to the man’s government tour guide, this typically happens during harvest season when there is a severe economic downturn, a downturn the guide says is caused by America.

Fishing in a river

These men are all fishing for their dinners on the banks of the Taedong river. No, this isn’t a scene from some poor, remote village – this is a scene from the North Korean Capital Pyongyang.

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Fishing in a river

There is sever malnutrition throughout the whole country, and because fresh fish and meat are nearly impossible to come by in grocery stores, these men must fish in the city’s river to get the protein that they and their families need.

Washing in rivers

Because running water is so scarce across much of North Korea (even if you have a faucet, there is a slim chance that there is any water being pumped through any of the pipes), the way that most people bathe is by going into the rivers with soap and letting the flowing water take their dirt away.

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Washing in rivers

Pictures like this are prohibited by the North Korean government because the censors say that it portrays the country as a poor, depressed backwater.

Computers with no electricity

To show off how modern their lives are, the North Korean government has their tour guides take visitors to an “average” North Korean family to show off the fact that they can afford computers and are connected to a special, North Korea only intranet!

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Computers with no electricity

Although the screen didn’t work because there was no electricity when this photo was taken, the actress, er North Korean citizen, was still typing on the keyboard.

North Koreans don’t rest on their laurels

Because so few North Koreans have cars, most of them walk or bike up to four hours each way every day in order to get to their place of employment.

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North Koreans don’t rest on their laurels

Even a professional bicyclist like Lance Armstrong needed “help” to be able to ride for that amount of time! But when the photographer snapped this picture, he allegedly got yelled at by his minder, saying that it is a crime to show people being tired in North Korea.

Antiquated agriculture

Millions of children across North Korea are malnourished, with tens of thousands suffering from stunted growth and severe malnutrition.

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Antiquated agriculture

This is partly because approximately a fifth of the food production in the country has failed, leaving many in the rural areas – especially children – without enough to eat. Meanwhile, the leadership in Pyongyang which is wealthy and close to the regime is plump and happy. This picture is illegal as it goes against North Korean government claims of there being no underfed children in the country.

Hitchhiking soldiers

Due to there being almost no cars in North Korea, people usually walk and ride bikes everywhere. But when cars do come along, many people hitchhike, and the ones who get first dibs on rides are, of course, the soldiers.

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Hitchhiking soldiers

But why can’t they just take a bus? Because there is no public transportation between towns, and the only way to leave town is by receiving express written permission from the government to travel. This picture is of a group of people walking on a highway between towns.

Soldiers help too

Farming is a national activity which requires everyone to become involved in some way shape or form. New recruits and those of the lower ranks, when they aren’t practicing how to shoot at targets or learning North Korean military doctrine, they need to find a way to make a living and make money.

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Soldiers help too

Many conscripts, like this young soldier here, work on farms in exchange for food and money, as the North Korean government doesn’t have the means to pay all of its soldiers.

An average North Korean street

The photographer was taken to the North Korean border town of Kaesong, located right on the border with South Korea.

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An average North Korean street

Although the guides told him that the relatively nice area the hotel was in was how the rest of the city looked, the photographer managed to snag a few shots of the crippling poverty which exemplifies all of the areas of North Korea which lie outside of the capital city Pyongyang.

Tire fishing

Just like on the banks of the Taedong river, this man in a rural area of North Korea is trying to catch fish for his family’s meal, as he surely won’t get any rationed out to him by the regime.

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Tire fishing

He is so desperate to get some bit of protein that he has upped his chances of catching fish by taking an old tractor tire and, using is as a boat, rowed himself out into the middle of a small pond. Hopefully he was able to catch something that day.

Malnourished people

The North Korean regime is very sensitive about showing how poor and starving their people are, trying to preserve a facade of success and happiness and strength to the outside world.

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Malnourished people

However, the photographer was able to snap this picture of a rural North Korean laborer who shows clear signs of malnutrition and iron deficiency brought about by not enough food. The photographer could have been put in a concentration camp for this picture.

Plumbing? What plumbing

This photo shows the inside of a North Korean home, specifically the bathroom. Taken after having evaded his government minder for a minute, the picture shows the plumbing in the house – or rather, the lack thereof.

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Plumbing? What plumbing

The picture clearly shows a hand pump used to pump underground well water, but the water is going into a bath. This water isn’t for bathing however – it is for drinking, with the bathtub being used as a water storage tank!

Immense poverty

North Korea maintains that it is a regular country just like all the rest, except that it is a perfect communist state with no crime, fully healthy people, and no poverty whatsoever.

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Immense poverty

However, just one look outside of Pyongyang will show you that the entire country is mired in poverty, like this rural village. This photograph was smuggled out of North Korea by the photographer who risked his life bringing these images to the outside world.

Blackout

Just like in the rest of North Korea, blackouts are an all too common occurrence in the capital Pyongyang. In this photo one can see that there are no lights on in any of the buildings, as there is simply no electrical current in the city at this time.

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Blackout

The only thing with light is a picture of the Dear Leader of North Korea. While a North Korean may show that this proves he is divine, other skeptics may argue that it’s just an industrious citizen who was able to get their hands on an electric generator.

Antiquated agriculture

Due to the lack of public transportation, North Koreans are forced to hitchhike if they want to get around under the radar.

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Antiquated agriculture

There are many drivers who have their own personal vehicles (or company trucks as in this picture) who make extra money on the side by charging people for rides. Any form of private enterprise is considered illegal in the Hermit Kingdom, which makes what these drivers are doing very risky.

No electricity

Despite being billed as a worker’s paradise, most of the country does not have access to electricity, with rolling blackouts across the country a common occurrence.

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No electricity

Especially now that China is refusing to import North Korean coal, the Hermit Kingdom is having a lot of difficulty keeping the lights on. Look at a light map of the world, and you will see a giant dark spot where North Korea should be.

Public transport nightmare

Just like everything else in this quasi fascist state, even intra-city public transportation is in short supply. There is only public transportation in the capital Pyongyang, and the busses which come are few and far between.

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Public transport nightmare

That is why scenes like this happen, whereby people wait in huge lines, sometimes for hours, just to get to work and back. And you thought that your daily commute was bad. We’ll take our traffic jams.

Gender specific work spaces

Most of the jobs in North Korea are divided by gender, just like how the United States and most of the world was back in the 1950s.

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Gender specific work spaces

It seems as if the entire country is in a 1950s time warp, where nothing has progressed. If anything, the entire society has regressed back to the feudal ages. These women are probably best friends who work together, and in North Korean society, it is not unusual to see grown men or grown women holding each others’ hands.

Foreigners are rare

Not too long ago (think 2012), it was extremely rare for foreigners to be granted access to the Hermit Kingdom.

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Foreigners are rare

In fact, the only way to get into North Korea was to stay at a North Korean run hotel in China, give your passport to the North Korean embassy there (with a nice bribe inside of course), and wait. The process is now a lot simpler, and they are more used to tourists. This picture was taken before tourists were a normal sight.

Ryugyong hotel

This gigantic building in the middle of Pyongyang is meant to be a hotel. Standing at 105 stories, it is indeed a giant and testament to North Korean engineering.

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Ryugyong hotel

Construction began in 1987, but was halted in 1992 due to lack of funds because of the fall of the Soviet Union. The building stood uncompleted until about 2011 when the exterior was finished. The interior still isn’t done though, and the building has yet to open.

Always watching

Inside every home in North Korea are pictures of the three leaders of the country: Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un.

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Always watching

Every family must have these pictures prominently displayed in their homes, and people will essentially pray to them due to the Kim’s cult of personality. In fact, there is a famous story of a little girl who died trying to save the pictures of the Kims from a flood, and she is now venerated as a hero.

Prepared for war

These giant blocks on this road are not meant for decoration. They are meant to be blown up in order to create tank traps in case of an invasion (primarily by the United States).

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Prepared for war

As these blocks fall they block the road so nothing can pass. Additionally, one can see that there are also a lot of rocks forming the wall which are designed to be shrapnel so that any ground soldier will be injured, or worse.

Leisure time

Believe it or not, North Koreans are people just like you and me and enjoy their leisure time. One of the main things that (wealthy) North Korean children love to do is rollerblade.

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Leisure time

Despite the fact that they may be about 20 years late to the party on this one, it is something that gives them pleasure, and a tiny sign of the country sort of catching up to the rest of the world.

Resistance?

This girl is holding something which could get her, her family, her future children and her future grandchildren sent to a concentration camp.

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Resistance?

Weapons of any sort are strictly forbidden in North Korea for fear of an uprising or a coup. Anyone carrying a weapon will get sent to a camp and have three generations of their family imprisoned. It makes us wonder, are there more like her out there waiting on the world to save them?

Illegal business

This woman has set up an illegal business in her small village, selling a few essentials to make a little bit more money to try and improve her and her childrens’ situations.

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Illegal business

However, most of the authorities in the area probably do not care too much, as she is probably selling smuggled goods from China such as cigarettes and candy to them as well. As long as she sells at a good price or gives them gifts, she will be fine.

No kids no food

This is yet another photo showing children working the fields in North Korea. It appears that without the government taking these kids out of school to work, there would be even less food in the country than there already is.

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No kids no food

These children, especially out in the poor countryside, probably have no idea what a real childhood is like, and think that everyone all around the world has to work this hard too.

Isolated

North Korea believes that the entire Korean peninsula belongs to it. That is why it has a huge military arsenal pointed at the country of South Korea, including nuclear weapons.

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Isolated

Due to the bellicose nature of the leadership and its refusal to speak to the West, North Korea has been almost completely sealed off from the rest of the world with no friends except for China, Sudan, Syria, and Iran.

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In an effort to raise awareness for the homeless with a Jet Ski stunt over Niagara Falls, Robert Overackers’s parachute failed to open midair leading to a fatal crash-landing. He was confirmed dead at Greater Niagara General Hospital one hour after this photo was taken.

Paul Walker is one of the biggest names behind the racing-based franchise, Fast and Furious which has run since 2001. Apparently he walked the walk in real life too; he was killed in a Porsche sedan which crashed into a tree while reportedly speeding. While the whole crash story has been all about him, he wasn’t the man on the wheel, neither was he responsible for the crash. This is the last known picture of the Porsche he fatally crashed in hours later.

Pavel Kashin – a famous Russian daredevil with several recorded chilling stunts – tried to do a back flip on the ledge of a 16-story building. Though he completed his back flip, he lost his footing upon landing and plunged helplessly to his death. Pictured is the back flip that led to his death.

Japan Airlines Flight 123 suffered an explosive decompression and crashed 100 kilometers into the flight killing a total of 520 people on board. This photo – eerily showing all oxygen masks deployed – was taken 12 minutes into the flight, 32 minutes prior to the crash.

This photo was taken in a zoo in New Delhi, India, moments before the white tiger dragged this man by the neck into his den, where he eventually killed him. The whole fiasco lasted for about 15 minutes after the man, who tried to climb up the fence to see this rare tiger up close, slipped and fell into the cage. According to the zookeepers and the visitors who witnessed this unfortunate event, all attempts made to distract the tiger were unsuccessful.

The Concorde British-French passenger jet fleet hadn’t experienced a single crash over its 27 years of operation, but when the first one happened, it was so detrimental it led to the superannuation of the legendary supersonic jet type. This is a photo of the Flight 4590 which caught fire shortly after take-off killing all crew members and passengers.

Karl Wallenda was a circus legend and well-known daredevil. He did most of his routines without any safety equipment. Pictured above, he is 121 feet above the ground between two hotels in Puerto Rico. Sadly, this was his last walk, as he fell to his death shortly after this picture was taken. One thing that might shock you is the fact that he was 73 years old when he attempted this walk.

Recognized as one of the greatest rock-cum-pop singers of his time, John Lennon is still a notable figure in the rock scene little under 40 years after his death. In this picture, the English-born is seen signing autographs for a group of fans clueless that this would well be his last autographs to sign. He was killed less than ten minutes later outside his home in New York by Mark David Chapman, the man in the background.

One of the greatest Formula One drivers, Ayrton Senna, is pictured here just before his last race. During an Italian race in 1994, he crashed his car and succumbed to his injuries.

The crew of the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger flight of January 28, 1986 thought it was nice to take a photo before launch. Apparently, it was going to be their very last as the space shuttle burst into flames exactly 7 seconds into the flight killing all seven astronauts on board. The nationally televised event went down in the eyes of millions of Americans who were following live from their homes.

This was the last picture taken of Biggie Smalls with Puff Daddy. Moments later, Biggie was gunned down and shot four times by drive-by gunmen in Los Angeles, California. Sadly, he died shortly after the shooting.

Shortly after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014, comedy star Robin Williams was found hanging at his home in Paradise Cay, California. His death took comedy fans all across the world by surprise, and later ire, when it was revealed that the possible motivation for his suicide was a misdiagnosis. His love for taking snaps with fans, however, remains a great memory among his fans. Here then 63-year-old takes a picture with a fan only days before his death.

The was a picture of the German passenger airship named the Hindenburg. This picture was taken in New Jersey just moments before it crashed and caught on fire. In the accident, 36 lives were lost. It was one of the deadliest airship disasters in history.

In this picture is William Dave Sanders – the famous Columbine High School teacher who passively saved hundreds of lives in the April 20, 1999 shooting by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the school – forewarning the oblivious students of the ongoing shooting. He was shot to death minutes later but went down a true hero.

This picture was taken on April 19, 1995 as Timothy McVeigh pulled up with a rental truck filled with explosives. The explosion took place in front of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. On that day, 168 people were killed and 680 others were injured. The blast also affected 234 buildings and 86 cars within a 16-block radius

The twin tower terror attack on September 11, 2001 marks one of darkest days in the history of the United States. Although years are quickly drawing on, memories of the day remain well-enfolded in pictures and videos that were taken shortly before, during and after the two planes flew into the landmark towers. This picture was taken seconds before United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the Southern tower, and is one of a handful others that captured this angle.

William Becker, the mayor of St.Louis between 1941 and 1943, was about to head out on a trip in a World War II glider. Sadly, the glider’s wing broke off and it plunged to the ground, killing the mayor and the remaining 9 people on board.

Nobody knows whether Sandy Irvine and George Mallory made it to the peak of Mount Everest, but if they did, they are the first people to have done it. It was in 1924 when the hike buffs decided to make the determined decision to go up the tallest mountain in the world. Here, they are pictured leaving their base camp.

Officer Green was murdered by a convict who in some way managed to grab a knife and stab him while handcuffed in a jail cell. Here, Green is pictured shortly before his death beside the man who eventually killed him. The man managed to escape but was pursued, rounded and killed hours later after exchanging fire with police officers. No one else was injured

Ramon Gonzalez was a reggaeton artist known also by his stage name Jadiel. This was the last picture he posted on Instagram to show that he was a safe rider who always wore protection for his face and head. Unfortunately, Gonzalez was later involved in an accident where his safety gear wasn’t enough. He died at the age of 27

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