Uniforms of North Korea

Collection with 27 media items created by Gavin John

Korea, N 24 Apr 2014 21:00

There are an estimated nine and a half million members in the Peoples Korean Army in both active and reserve forces inside the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). This fact is quite evident in Pyongyang where buses full of soldiers and officers walking the streets are a common sight. While highly advised against photographing any members of the military, it is a fact of life in the DPRK that is hard to avoid. The DPRK reveres it's military and it's proud to boast of it's "successes" in the 1950-1953 Korean War and it's "victory" over the United States and Republic of Korea armies. The Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum in Pyongyang is a sprawling testament to this version of history, with entire floors dedicated to events such as the "Liberation of Seoul". As well they proudly display destroyed and captured American planes, tanks and even a patrol vessel docked in the nearby river as trophies. All of which are technology not used by the United States for over 40 years. The KPA is most known for it's activities near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with South Korea at the village of Panmunjom. Contrary to popular belief, soldiers from both sides do not face each other on a daily basis. Both the North and the South alternate days standing guard at the border as well as alternate days where visitors can tour the site. This "Tourism Diplomacy" is one of the few co-operative initiatives that the North and South regularly adhere to. The distinctive blue negotiation buildings are no longer used for actual negotiations and is the only place where the photographing of soldiers is tolerated to a certain degree. The photographer visited North Korea (DPRK) in April, 2014

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By Gavin John
13 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army guide stands in front of the USS Pueblo in Pyongyang on April 14, 2014. The Pueblo was captured along with it's crew in 1968 and is displayed as a "trophy" on the Taedong River.

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15 Apr 2014

Korean Peoples Army soldiers stand guard at the border line at the DMZ village of Panmunjom on April 16, 2014. Contrary to popular belief the two sides rarely face each other but have agreed to alternate days stationing troops at the border.

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15 Apr 2014

A member of the Korean Peoples Army smiles at his new bride during his wedding in Kaesong on April 16, 2014.

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15 Apr 2014

A North Korean officer looks at the camera while the South Korean administration building sits in the background at the DMZ village of Panmunjom on April 16, 2014.

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15 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army solider refuses to have his picture taken as his comrades laugh in the background at the DMZ on April 16, 2014.

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15 Apr 2014

The South Korean DMZ administration building stands in the background of the former negotiation rooms at the DMZ village of Panmunjom on April 16, 2014. Both sides maintain heavy surveillance equipment and the North Koreans were all to eager to point out new American positions.

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13 Apr 2014

Korean Peoples Army soldiers in the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang on April 13, 2014, points at a diorama depicting the North Korean victory at the Battle of Taejon. The museum heavily stresses that North Korea won the Korean war and that the US were the aggressors, however fails to put equal emphasis on the successful allied campaigns during the war.

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15 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army officer points to military positions on a map of Korea inside the DMZ on April 16, 2014.

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15 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army officer points to alleged American and South Korean positions around the DMZ village of Panmunjom on April 16, 2014.

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15 Apr 2014

Korean Peoples Army soliders stand at the DMZ village of Panmunjom on April 16, 2014. This village is now rarely used for actually negotiations and is a popular tourist attraction on both the North and South side.

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13 Apr 2014

Inside the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, life size figures depict several recipients of the "Hero of the Republic" award for their actions during the Korean War. The award is the highest honour given to soldiers for heroic actions in wartime.

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15 Apr 2014

Korean Peoples Army soliders pose for photos with their wives at the DMZ on April 16, 2014. The wives are allowed to visit their husbands stationed at the village frequently and dress is traditional Korean attire.

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13 Apr 2014

A visitor to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang on April 13, 2014, looks at a diorama depicting the North Korean victory at the Battle of Taejon. The museum depicts many images and painting from North Korean victories during the Korean War.

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12 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army guide stands in front of a 360 degree diorama inside the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, on April 13, 2014. The museum features dozens of large painting and dioramas showing the victories of the KPA during the Korean War. The museum puts heavy emphasis on the successful offensives during the war.

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13 Apr 2014

The Monument to the Korean Workers Party stands in Pyongyang on April 13, 2014. The symbols of the hammer, brush and sickle represent the foundations of the Juche ideology of the worker, artist and farmer.

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15 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army solider poses for a photo with his wife at the DMZ village of Panmunjom on April 16, 2014. It is common for military wives to visit their husbands while stationed at the DMZ.

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15 Apr 2014

Soldiers from the Korean Peoples Army stand in the former negotiation room at the DMZ (De Militarized Zone) in the village of Panmunjeom in North Korea on April 16, 2014.

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14 Apr 2014

Korean Peoples Army soliders march with the monument to the Workers Party of Korea in the background in downtown Pyongyang. Many North Koreans were out due to the "The Day of the Sun" festivities such as a flower exposition and live concerts to mark the birth of founder Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 2014.

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14 Apr 2014

Members of the Korean Peoples Army walk down into a pedestrian underpass on their way to an event in celebration of "The Day of the Sun" on April 15, 2014. The holiday marks the birthday of founder Kim Il-Sung and Pyongyang hosts many events across the city to celebrate.

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12 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army tour guide points to downed American flighter planes at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum in Pyongyang on April 14, 2014. The museum showcases many destroyed Allied weapons of war and are described by the guide as "trophies" of their victory.

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12 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army tour guide poses for a photo at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum in Pyongyang on April 14, 2014.

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12 Apr 2014

Two young members of the Korean Peoples Army pose for a photo near the site of former North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung's house in Pyongyang, on April 12, 2014. Near the day of Kim Il-Sung's birthday of April 15th it is common for North Koreans to visit historical locations associated with the founder.

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14 Apr 2014

Korean Peoples Army officers walk on the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on April 14, 2014. The palace holds the persevered bodies of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il and is a very popular location to visit near April 15th which was Kim Il-Sung's birthday, now a national holiday called "The day of the Sun".

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12 Apr 2014

A Korean War veteran from the Korean Peoples Army visits the monuments to the former North Korean leaders at the Mansudae Grand Monuments in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 12, 2014. It is common for North Koreans to pay their respects to the previous leaders on a regular basis by bowing and presenting flowers.

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12 Apr 2014

Members of the Korean Peoples Army march near the site of former North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung's house in Pyongyang, on April 12, 2014. Near the day of Kim Il-Sung's birthday of April 15th it is common for North Koreans to visit historical locations associated with the founder.

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12 Apr 2014

A Korean Peoples Army soldiers point at a 360 degree diorama in the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum in Pyongyang on April 14, 2014. The massive museum is dedicated not only to the Korean War but to the resistance to the Japanese in the 1930s and 40s. Many of the KPA's victories are heavily covered inside the museum and projects the image of liberators of the south.

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12 Apr 2014

A Korean War veteran from the Korean Peoples Army salutes and a young boy bow at the base of the monuments to the former North Korean leaders at the Mansudae Grand Monuments in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 12, 2014. It is common for North Koreans to pay their respects to the previous leaders on a regular basis by bowing and presenting flowers.

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