11. A Woman Saying, “No Photo,” Hamhung, 2011
Local citizens don’t like it when tourists take photos of them: the fear of foreigners is treated as an ordinary thing from childhood. And the government may not like this photo either because the woman and child look exhausted and quite unhappy.
12. A Chemical Factory Where A Synthetic Fiber Is Produced That North Koreans Use For The Suits They Wear, 2011
A chemical factory where a synthetic fiber is produced that North Koreans use for the suits they wear, 2011Each chemical factory in North Korea is a strategic object and, therefore, secret. Though tourists may look at it, they’re not allowed to go inside. You should also be careful while taking photos because, as we’ve already said, people treat foreigners with caution.
13. Fake Medical Test For Tourist Visits At Pyongyang Hospital, 2011
This photo causes lots of questions. For example, the patient closes one eye with a spoon, but the second one is closed as well. And how does the doctor examine her eyesight? Officers who look after tourists might have noticed this misstep. Though such scenes are perfectly rehearsed, actors can also make mistakes.
14. Children Going To Do Collective Work In The Fields, Pyongyang, 2010
Each citizen (adult or child) should bring benefits and help the Great Leaders make people’s lives better. Field collective work is a child’s obligation, and kids are used as a source of free labor. By the way, contrary to lots of poor countries, North Korea provides a really good education: 99% of people can read and write.
15. Soldiers Pluck Grass, Pyongyang, 2009
Such scenes are really common for Pyongyang, but tour guides don’t allow tourists to take pictures of them. The reason is simple: Western countries can treat such photos as proof that North Koreans starve. Though their menu is quite poor and includes grass, in this picture, soldiers pluck yellow grass to make a lawn look better.