11+ secrets Pyongyang photos show the many sides the capital of North Korea

North Korea fascinates like no other country, with an eccentric leader, a radical propaganda machine, finely choreographed military marches, and colorful public rallies. However, because to severe restrictions on tourism and international reporting, little information about daily life in the Hermit Kingdom reaches the outside world.

Wong Maye-E, an Associated Press photographer, travels to the remote Asian country on a regular basis. She returned from a trip to North Korea’s capital last month with a collection of breathtaking pictures that offer a rare and interesting glimpse into daily life in the country’s capital.

On Monday, May 4, 2015, a North Korean traffic policewoman does her duty in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Pyong yang police woman
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

North Korean schoolchildren walk through an apartment building in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

on the way to school Pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

North Korean commuters ride on a city trolley bus, Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Pyongyang, North Korea.

public transport Pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Sin Ji Ye, 9, left, An Rye Jong, 10, middle, and Kim Ye Yon, 8, right, all of whom aspire to be professional singers, attend a singing lesson that they have been attending for two, four, and one year, respectively, on Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Pyongyang School Students’s Palace, originally opened in 1963, is a location for bright school children to study extracurricular activities, as well as one of the attractions that tourists visit while in Pyongyang.

singer dream Pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, a lady walks along a street in Pyongyang, North Korea, shaded by an umbrella. Umbrellas have become a fashionable accessory for well-dressed ladies in Pyongyang, particularly during the spring and summer months.

Shade of an umbrella Pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Schoolgirls are silhouetted during a dancing lesson in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this Thursday, May 7, 2015, file picture.

dance class pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, light on the exterior of a building as darkness falls in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this Friday, May 8, 2015, file picture. Commercial ads are seldom visible in public in Pyongyang, although pictures of late leaders and propagandist slogans are prevalent on buildings and along the streets.

residental by night pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

A guy sits in front of pictures of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, as he uses his smartphone in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Officials in North Korea have unveiled a mobile-friendly internet shopping portal.

leader photo park Pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

A staff worker instructs a North Korean man at a shooting arcade, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this Monday, May 4, 2015, photo.

shooting arcad pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

North Koreans wait in line for a municipal trolley in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, May 4, 2015. The city trolley is a popular method of public transportation utilized by commuters to move around the city.

wait in line pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

On Sunday, May 3, 2015, a North Korean kid plays with a toy pistol as people gather around a gazebo at the Moranbong (Moran Hill) in Pyongyang, North Korea.

boy play pistol toy pyong yang
By AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
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