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Posted: August 09, 2017

Look at these photos from inside North Korea

North Korean soldiers look on as South Korean and United Nation officials visit after attending a ceremony to commemorate the 64th Anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement at Panmunjom in the the Joint Security Area on July 27, 2017 in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun - Pool/Getty Images)
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North Korean soldiers look on as South Korean and United Nation officials visit after attending a ceremony to commemorate the 64th Anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement at Panmunjom in the the Joint Security Area on July 27, 2017 in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun - Pool/Getty Images)

By Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

North Korea, formally the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is a notoriously closed dictatorship created after World War II and run by three generations of the same family.

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For a fascinating look inside the tightly controlled nation (about the size of Virginia) consider watching “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by journalist Barbara Demick. It was published in 2009.

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More recently, world traveler Nikolai Johnsen, who hails from Norway and has been living in South Korea, has worked to organize educational tours to North Korea, “in hopes that more people around the world will be able to see past politics and see also North Korea for its warm and welcoming people, rich culture and beautiful scenery.”

In an interview with the travel site johnnyjet.com, Johnsen named Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, as his favorite airport on the planet: “Newly renovated to give a great first impression, and the immigration is swift and easy.” His favorite hotel is the Yanggakdo in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city: “Got everything you want, and more, including a revolving restaurant on top, with a 360-degree view of Pyongyang city.” And Pyongyang is his favorite city overall.

Here are some of his photos and video clips, embedded from his publicly accessible Instagram page:

모란봉에서 그림 그리는학생들. #모란봉 #평양 #moranhill #moranbong #northkorea

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평양 중학생들의 공연과 모리 이쁜 아저씨 #평양 #northkorea

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