North Korea in Color

Collection with 25 media items created by Ulrik Pedersen

01 Jun 2014 21:00

June, 2014
North Korea

While the grim side of life in North Korea has had plenty of exposure, photographer Ullrik Pedersen captured the colorful side of North Korea, offering a new image of one of the world's most restrictive states.

Although the DPRK officially describes itself as a Juche Korean-style socialist state where elections are held, it is widely considered a dictatorship. The country has been described as totalitarian, Stalinist state with an elaborate cult of personality around the Kim family. Juche, an ideology of self-reliance initiated by the country's first President Kim Il-sung, is the official state ideology. The means of production are owned by the state through state-run enterprises and collectivized farms, and most services such as healthcare, education, housing and food production are state funded or subsidized.

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North Korea in Color 008
By Ulrik Pedersen
11 Jun 2014

Mount Pakteu with a clear view of the lake. Mount Pakteu is believed to be the birthplace of Korea, and has a holy place in the nation's history.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Jun 2014

Hamhung Fertilizer Factory including propaganda posters. Pyongyang, North Korea.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Jun 2014

The Pyongyang skyline dominated by the impressive pyramid hotel. Building started in 1987 but is apparently finished now.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
12 Jun 2014

This truck runs on firewood and/or coal, due to a lack of gasoline which has to be imported. The government has limited access to dollars with which to import goods such as gasoline.

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North Korea in Color 007
By Ulrik Pedersen
12 Jun 2014

A rural village among rice fields which is the stable food of North Korea. The government is trying to let farmers have 30% of their harvest.

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North Korea in Color 009
By Ulrik Pedersen
11 Jun 2014

Soldiers taking pictures of each other at Mount Pakteu in northern North Korea.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
13 Jun 2014

Old jet fighters on an airstrip in northern North Korea. The military equipment in North Korea is outdated and it is unclear how well it works.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
13 Jun 2014

Across Pyongyang people wait in long lines for buses to arrive.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Jun 2014

A tractor at a cooperative farm around Hamhung. There are a mix of Chinese and North Korean tractors but no fuel so the vehicles are idle.

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North Korea in Color 012
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Jun 2014

A female worker in the metro in Hamhung's fertiliser factory, one of the two fertiliser factories in North Korea.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Jun 2014

One of the pins that all people in North Korea are required to wear. They can choose between different designs but it is compulsory to wear one of these pins every day.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Jun 2014

The regime is restoring Buddhist monasteries across the country. The reason is not clear but this is happening with most tourist itineraries.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
01 Jun 2014

A view from the Juche tower. Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, has started a new program attempting to build high-rise buildings in record speed.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Jun 2014

The view of Kim Il Sung Square with the Taedong river and Juche tower in the background. Huge parades are held at the square in homage to the 'beloved leader'.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Jun 2014

A view of the Pyongyang skyline with a factory in the background.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
06 Jun 2014

A couple's marriage photoshoot in rural Hamhung.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
07 Jun 2014

A newspaper at a ski resort with a picture of Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.

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North Korea in Color 021
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Jun 2014

A newlywed couple have a marriage photo shoot at the new war museum in Pyongyang.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Jun 2014

A female worker waits for a train in the metro in Pyongyang. The metro has 2 lines and 17 stations in total.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
12 Jun 2014

Chilbo, North Korea Flight attendants from Air Koryo, North Korea's national airline

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By Ulrik Pedersen
13 Jun 2014

A framed family portrait in a local house in northern North Korea.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
13 Jun 2014

The landscape in Northern North Korea is varied, green and mountainous.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
07 Jun 2014

Propaganda posters the type of which can be seen across the country.

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North Korea in Color 016
By Ulrik Pedersen
06 Jun 2014

Residents relaxing in the Kaeson Youth Park . The amusement park was opened in 1984.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Jun 2014

Soldiers on the Demilitarized Zone between the South and North Korea. The two countries are technically still at war.