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22 Illegally Smuggled North Korea Photos They Don't Want You To See

Photographer Michael Huniewicz traveled to North Korea and took these photos, most of them illegal, and managed to smuggle it out of the country.



Rural: Locals watch and wait for a train to pass, providing Michal with a few seconds to snap this image of life in North Korea's countryside


Rural: Locals watch and wait for a train to pass, providing Michal with a few seconds to snap this image of life in North Korea's countryside


Risky: Michal  captured the photos, including this one of North Koreans travelling in a bus, before smuggling them out of the country




Risky: Michal captured the photos, including this one of North Koreans travelling in a bus, before smuggling them out of the country.

Unseen: Dressed in identical brown uniforms and matching yellow hard hats, North Korean workers carry their equipment on a main road

Unseen: Dressed in identical brown uniforms and matching yellow hard hats, North Korean workers carry their equipment on a main road

Images of North Korean soldiers was a particularly risky subject matter although these two fighters appear too deep in discussion to be bothered by the covert snapper

Images of North Korean soldiers was a particularly risky subject matter although these two fighters appear too deep in discussion to be bothered by the covert snapper

Photographs of the rural parts of North Korea reveal miles of uninterrupted green fields and stunning landscapes, where farming remains key for surival

Photographs of the rural parts of North Korea reveal miles of uninterrupted green fields and stunning landscapes, where farming remains key for surival


'I had 15 seconds to take this picture. This shop is for the locals only, and I was kicked out of it by my guide soon after taking this photo, but he didn't’ see me taking it,' Michal told Bored Panda

'I had 15 seconds to take this picture. This shop is for the locals only, and I was kicked out of it by my guide soon after taking this photo, but he didn't’ see me taking it,' Michal told Bored Panda


Fields stretch for as far as the eye can see in this image. People ride bicycles and use carriages, rather than driving cars and trucks

Fields stretch for as far as the eye can see in this image. People ride bicycles and use carriages, rather than driving cars and trucks


Getting to work: Road workers repair street lights in the city while standing precariously on top of an ancient-looking red truck
Getting to work: Road workers repair street lights in the city while standing precariously on top of an ancient-looking red truck
A group of women in smart skirts, shirts and red scarfs are pictures sweeping an already spotless pathway in North Korea's capital city

A group of women in smart skirts, shirts and red scarfs are pictures sweeping an already spotless pathway in North Korea's capital city .

A traffic officer stands to attention at the side of the road, however there are no cars to be seen. Very few people own a car in the country

A traffic officer stands to attention at the side of the road, however there are no cars to be seen. Very few people own a car in the country

A boy leans on a table and looks out of the window of a train at  railway workers sitting on the ground during the journey to North Korea

A boy leans on a table and looks out of the window of a train at railway workers sitting on the ground during the journey to North Korea
A serious-looking North Korean man stares back at the camera while travelling aboard a busy commuter bus in the capital city

A serious-looking North Korean man stares back at the camera while travelling aboard a busy commuter bus in the capital city


A battered white pickup truck carryinh North Korean soldiers, unaware they are being photographed, rumbles along a dusty road

A battered white pickup truck carryinh North Korean soldiers, unaware they are being photographed, rumbles along a dusty road

Three young girls play next to crops, which have been planted near a dilapidated pink tower block. This is not the kind of picture you'd expect to see coming out of North Korea

Three young girls play next to crops, which have been planted near a dilapidated pink tower block. This is not the kind of picture you'd expect to see coming out of North Korea


Taking photographs in North Korea remains a difficult and risky task, with the government minders closely watching out for any straying foreign tourists


Taking photographs in North Korea remains a difficult and risky task, with the government minders closely watching out for any straying foreign tourists
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While much of North Korea's main city seemed spotlessly clean, this photo reflects a more realistic side to the city life for many residents

The streets of the capital appear to be filled with smartly dressed taxi drivers waiting beside their green and bronze coloured vehicles



TAXI DRIVERS IN THE CAPITAL

Checks: Michal took this photo of a customs declaration form revealing the items banned from being brought into the country. Laptops were searched for any controversial content, including Korean films, pornography and even guide books

Checks: Michal took this photo of a customs declaration form revealing the items banned from being brought into the country. Laptops were searched for any controversial content, including Korean films, pornography and even guide books

The eye-opening visit started with a train journey from the Chinese city of Dandong to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. A large illuminated statue of Chairman Mao watches over the city in the southeastern  province of Liaoning

The eye-opening visit started with a train journey from the Chinese city of Dandong to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. A large illuminated statue of Chairman Mao watches over the city in the southeastern province of Liaoning


The grey skyline matches the  tower blocks in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, which has recently built its own ice rink and water park

The grey skyline matches the tower blocks in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, which has recently built its own ice rink and water park


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Source: ( Dailymail.com, Telegraph.co,uk)

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