Soldiers trek along a snowy path in Myohyangsan National Park.
       
     
Entering Pyongyang beautiful metro system at Puheung Station, terminus of the Chollima Line.
       
     
Deep underground and about to pull out of Puheung Station.
       
     
Two men catch up on the daily news from the imaginatively titled "Pyongyang Newspaper" while waiting for the metro.
       
     
A woman pushes crates of sweet potatoes through Kim Il Sung Square.
       
     
The deceased leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are absolutely everywhere. People's lives seem to revolve around them from the moment they wake to the minute they sleep.
       
     
A wedding party in front of the Mansudae Grand Monument — Pyongyang
       
     
A man practices basketball alone in front of Pyongyang's Arch of Triumph.
       
     
A friendly snack-seller near Pyongyang Railway Station.
       
     
A view over a residential district of Pyongyang from the top of the Juche Tower, the shadow of which can be seen at the bottom of the image.
       
     
Two men carry a signboard to the site of a mass dance to mark a national holiday called the Day of the Shining Star — Pyongyang
       
     
A lady runs for an appointment past an original 1960s trolleybus.
       
     
Feb 16th 2019: On a Saturday afternoon, mass dances were held across Pyongyang to celebrate Kim Jong Il's birthday, the Day of the Shining Star.
       
     
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A view over Kaeseong City's old town.
       
     
Women working on a cooperative farm halfway along the Youth Hero Motorway from Pyongyang to Nampo City.
       
     
Cyclists in Sariwon City.
       
     
Soldiers trek along a snowy path in Myohyangsan National Park.
       
     
Soldiers trek along a snowy path in Myohyangsan National Park.

Myohyangsan translates to "the mountain of mysterious fragrance.“

Entering Pyongyang beautiful metro system at Puheung Station, terminus of the Chollima Line.
       
     
Entering Pyongyang beautiful metro system at Puheung Station, terminus of the Chollima Line.

Reading Korean well has a lot of advantages on a trip into North Korea, such as being able to translate the ubiquitous propaganda posters and slogans. This one reads “Long live General Kim Jong Eun, the Sun of Juche Korea!”

Juche was his grandfather Kim Il Sung’s revolutionary theory and ideology that asserted "man is the master of his destiny," the Korean masses were to act as the "masters of the revolution and construction," and that through a nation becoming strong and self-reliant it can achieve true socialism.

Deep underground and about to pull out of Puheung Station.
       
     
Deep underground and about to pull out of Puheung Station.
Two men catch up on the daily news from the imaginatively titled "Pyongyang Newspaper" while waiting for the metro.
       
     
Two men catch up on the daily news from the imaginatively titled "Pyongyang Newspaper" while waiting for the metro.

It is illegal to fold a newspaper across a photograph of Kim Jong Eun, Kim Jong Il, or Kim Il Sung. It must be folded in such a manner that the photo remains uncreased.

A woman pushes crates of sweet potatoes through Kim Il Sung Square.
       
     
A woman pushes crates of sweet potatoes through Kim Il Sung Square.
The deceased leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are absolutely everywhere. People's lives seem to revolve around them from the moment they wake to the minute they sleep.
       
     
The deceased leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are absolutely everywhere. People's lives seem to revolve around them from the moment they wake to the minute they sleep.
A wedding party in front of the Mansudae Grand Monument — Pyongyang
       
     
A wedding party in front of the Mansudae Grand Monument — Pyongyang

When taking a photo of statues of the leaders, their entire bodies must be in the frame.

A man practices basketball alone in front of Pyongyang's Arch of Triumph.
       
     
A man practices basketball alone in front of Pyongyang's Arch of Triumph.

Standing 60 m tall, it is 10 m higher than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

A friendly snack-seller near Pyongyang Railway Station.
       
     
A friendly snack-seller near Pyongyang Railway Station.

Those doughnuts were extremely good!

A view over a residential district of Pyongyang from the top of the Juche Tower, the shadow of which can be seen at the bottom of the image.
       
     
A view over a residential district of Pyongyang from the top of the Juche Tower, the shadow of which can be seen at the bottom of the image.

The pastel colours were originally created by diluting paint with water to make it go further, but have since become a hallmark of the Pyongyang cityscape.

Two men carry a signboard to the site of a mass dance to mark a national holiday called the Day of the Shining Star — Pyongyang
       
     
Two men carry a signboard to the site of a mass dance to mark a national holiday called the Day of the Shining Star — Pyongyang
A lady runs for an appointment past an original 1960s trolleybus.
       
     
A lady runs for an appointment past an original 1960s trolleybus.

I would soon board the trolleybus for a ride around Pyongyang. Judging by the looks on locals' faces, they hadn't seen one like it in decades. Each star on the side was awarded to the driver for going 10,000 km with no accidents. Pyongyang Railway Station is seen in the background.

Feb 16th 2019: On a Saturday afternoon, mass dances were held across Pyongyang to celebrate Kim Jong Il's birthday, the Day of the Shining Star.
       
     
Feb 16th 2019: On a Saturday afternoon, mass dances were held across Pyongyang to celebrate Kim Jong Il's birthday, the Day of the Shining Star.

The sights and sounds were overwhelming at first (it was only the second day in the country), but after I'd gathered my thoughts, I was free to wander with my camera between thousands of young North Koreans dancing in expanding and contracting circle formations. The propaganda slogan below the leaders' portraits reads: "The great comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are always with us."

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A view over Kaeseong City's old town.
       
     
A view over Kaeseong City's old town.
Women working on a cooperative farm halfway along the Youth Hero Motorway from Pyongyang to Nampo City.
       
     
Women working on a cooperative farm halfway along the Youth Hero Motorway from Pyongyang to Nampo City.
Cyclists in Sariwon City.
       
     
Cyclists in Sariwon City.