Instagram Photos Give A Rare Look At Life Inside North KoreaVincze Miklós3/26/14 6:50pmFiled to: north koreainstagramcommunismpropaganda14216EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkNorth Korea remains a grim enigma — a lone totalitarian state that few outsiders manage to visit. We glimpse military parades and marvel at the colorful propaganda, but we seldom get much of a sense of what it’s like to live there. But these Instagram photos give a remarkably vivid look at ordinary life in North Korea.The huge planetarium that looks like Saturn called the Three Revolution Exhibition Hall, Pyongyang, January 2013Students in coats and gloves, working at computer connected to the local Intranet in The Grand People’s Study House, Pyongyang, January 2013A doctor and a bank of video monitors inside a Pyongyang hospital, February 2013An apartment block stands above the schoolyard playground equipment of a Pyongyang kindergarten, March 2013 A North Korean soldier helps a boy aim during an arcade shooting game at Pyongyang Fun Fair, April 2013A North Korean woman sits next to models of military weapons at the “Kimjongilia” and “Kimilsungia” flower exhibition in Pyongyang, July 2013Korean War veterans enter a cemetery for their deceased fellow war veterans in Pyongyang, July 2013A North Korean soldier mans his guard post at the gate to the mausoleum where the embalmed bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are lying in state, July 2013Inside the new Korean War museum in Pyongyang, tiny models in a glass case depict U.S. Army Major General William F. Dean, the highest ranking American captured during the Korean War, July 2013Bananas in a hotel, Pyongyang, July 2013A manual titled “Every Aspect Of Using A Computer”. Lessons inside include how to draft and send an email, the basics of Excel, how to connect a printer, and how to create a holiday calendar with family photos, August 2013A park swing made to look like the North Korean Unha-3 rocket, stands in a park in Pyongyang, September 2013A funicular railway at Mount Paekdu, September 2013Maize drying, September 2013A cartoon showing a military tank offensive plays on a TV inside a daycare center in Pyongyang, September 2013North Korean men work to fix a public trolly bus in Pyongyang. On the street is a grid of painted white dots used to mark the marching steps during mass parades on Kim Il Sung Square, September 2013You can see political propaganda posters and billboards everywhere, but there are a few commercial advertisements, too: here is a billboard for the North Korean car manufacturer named Pyeonghwa Motors, photo taken in September 2013 A hotel at Myhyang Mountain on the Fall of 2013Three North Korean soldiers on a motorcycle with sidecar, October 2013On the way to Wonsan, October 2013In a factory, Pyongyang, October 2013Children in Kilju, November 2013A gas station in Hamhung, November 2013Riding a truck like a boss, November 2013A covered piano in a corner, Rason, November 2013Outside Pyongyang’s bowling alley called Golden Lane, December 2013A water cooler and covered cabinet of drinking cups at a factory in Sonbong, December 2013Weapons painted on the walls inside a newly built pediatric hospital in Pyongyang, December 2013Residents of Pyongyang walk by a mosaic of the late leader Kim Jong Il in the 2nd anniversary if his death, December 2013The yet to be completed, and often photographed, 105-story Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, December 2013A North Korean nurse studies in a hallway at a pediatric hospital in Pyongyang, December 2013These playing cards, made to raise awareness about sign language, were designed by deaf North Korean children. The partner for these kids is the German registered Disable Persons Organization and the cards are meant to be a greeting from the DPRK to the international deaf community, December 2013A pre-school playground set, shaped like the North Korean Unha rocket near Pyongyang, December 2013North Korean Unha rocket launch, a preschool hallway wall decoration, December 2013Spaceship play structure in the lobby of the Pyongyang Children’s Palace, December 2013A living room inside one of many newly-built apartment blocks provided to North Korean scientists near Pyongyang, December 2013Pyongyang, January 2014Tractor, wagon, & bicycle in the North Korean countryside, January 2014A bottle of vodka with Dennis Rodman’s name in Korean and the images of Rodman and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, January 2014Vans used to cruise the city and broadcast propaganda are parked in a line in, January 2014Playing volleyball outside Kim Il Sung Stadium, Pyongyang, February 2014Mobile phone shop, February 2014Pizza home delivery in Pyongyang, February 2014An animal sculpture near Mount Kuwol (Kuwŏlsan), February 2014Holiday fun at Munsu Water Park, February 2014Apartment blocks, March 2014___All the photos came from the Instagram feed of Eric Talmadge, Pyongyang Bureau Chief for the Associated Press, David Guttenfelder, AP’s chief Asia photographer, tour managers of Koryo Tours, a Beijing-based tour company, specialized to North Korea, and Will Scott, Adjunct Professor at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in 2013 .