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North Korea is not the most common travel destination for tourists. While the country remains closed to foreign visitors due to Pyongyang′s concerns about Ebola, recent photos taken by tourists provide us with a rare view into the daily lives of ordinary North Koreans. Hwang Sung-hee reports. Take a quick look at Pyongyang′s skyline and it seems like just another modern city. These plush skyscrapers are believed to have been built about three years ago. Propaganda posters idolizing Kim Jong-un are plastered almost everywhere, a reminder that this is North Korea. On the streets are new electric buses and Japanese-made cars. A line of commuters heading to work in the morning is another familiar scene. Traffic girls are a popular icon among tourists so popular that traffic girl dolls are sold as souvenirs. Mom-and-pop stores are dotted around Pyongyang′s residential areas. Some of the goods on sale include fake South Korean snacks. A bottle of Pyongyang soju will cost you less than one U.S. dollar. A bottle of brandy goes for 30 times that. And take-out food is just too costly for the average North Korean worker. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city and heading into the countryside. Here, the wealth gap is instantly noticeable, just from the way people dress. Children observe foreigners with their innocent eyes, curious yet wary. Students packed on the back of a pick-up truck are all smiles as they make their way to school. Down by the stream, some people wash their clothes... while others give themselves a scrub. The faces of the farmers reflect their tough day-to-day lives. These rare photos serve as a window... offering a peek into the world′s most closed state. Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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