Some say about North Korea that the only ones who smile are the "Dear Leaders" on the propaganda stuff. But after 6 trips in the most closed country, I can say that North Koreans are not the robots many depict... They also smile!

Even if they suffer from the lack of freedom and a dictatorship, they can have happy moments in their life... This was not easy to take those pics as the guides that always follow you are always suspicious, even when they see happy people!

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#1 North Korean Eating Ice Cream In A Park On National Day, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean Eating Ice Cream In A Park On National Day, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Alex smith 1 year ago

So sweet

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#2 Young Girl In Traditional Dress Smiling, Pyongyang, North Korea

Young Girl In Traditional Dress Smiling, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Teddy Rabary 1 year ago

<3

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#3 Actors Sitting On Steps And Smiling At Pyongyang Film Studio, North Korea

Actors Sitting On Steps And Smiling At Pyongyang Film Studio, North Korea

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Tiago Cruz 1 year ago

If the picture was in black and white, I would say it was from the sixties..

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#4 Little Girl In The International Kimilsungia And Kimjongilia Festival, Pyongyang, North Korea

Little Girl In The International Kimilsungia And Kimjongilia Festival, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Teddy Rabary 1 year ago

<3

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#5 Female Soldier Smiling Wearing Cap With Red Star, Samjiyon Ryanggang, North Korea

Female Soldier Smiling Wearing Cap With Red Star, Samjiyon Ryanggang, North Korea

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Stefany Blount 1 year ago

Wow, what a beauty. Right out of central casting!

#6 Woman With A Bunch Of Flowers In Pyongyang, North Korea

Woman With A Bunch Of Flowers In Pyongyang, North Korea

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Lauren Kaufmann 1 year ago

Its nice to see people in countries that are in bad shape take pleasure in the little things that the people in better-off countries ignore or take for granted

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#7 Mass Dancing On April 15 In Pyongyang, North Korea

Mass Dancing On April 15 In Pyongyang, North Korea

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yulia missy 1 year ago

Natural beauty

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#8 North Korean Soldiers In Pyongyang

North Korean Soldiers In Pyongyang

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Cody Eriksen 1 year ago

Got lucky taking this picture... I thought personal pics of soldiers was illegal.

#9 Electricity Company Chief Having Fun In A Park Kaesong Waterfall, North Korea

Electricity Company Chief Having Fun In A Park Kaesong Waterfall, North Korea

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Kjorn 1 year ago

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they told us they have a box where you can see the image moving

#10 Smiling Female Soldier In Tower Of The Juche Idea, Pyongyang, North Korea

Smiling Female Soldier In Tower Of The Juche Idea, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Daniel Melcher (Cpt-Lift-Leg Ahab) 1 year ago

Looks like little Kim's long lost sister

#11 Two Boys Pausing In Front Of Military Uniform, Chonsam, North Korea

Two Boys Pausing In Front Of Military Uniform, Chonsam, North Korea

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Lou Wow 1 year ago

Adorable!

#12 Beautiful Young Woman Smiling At Camera, Kaesong, North Korea

Beautiful Young Woman Smiling At Camera, Kaesong, North Korea

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Teddy Rabary 1 year ago

<3

#13 Trendy Teenager In Pyongyang, North Korea

Trendy Teenager In Pyongyang, North Korea

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Cody Eriksen 1 year ago

Love the Air Jordan knock off!

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#14 Girl Riding In Kaesong North Korea

Girl Riding In Kaesong North Korea

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Teddy Rabary 1 year ago

<3

#15 Dances In The Park, North Korea

Dances In The Park, North Korea

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Jay Fernandez 1 year ago

i love the idea of everybody dancing

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#16 Smiling North Korean People, North Korea

Smiling North Korean People, North Korea

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DINA SOTO-VARGAS 1 year ago

aww what a cute smile

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#17 Elderly Woman Smiling With Toothless Grin, Pyongyang, North Korea

Elderly Woman Smiling With Toothless Grin, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Alex smith 1 year ago

Beautiful

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#18 North Korean Students Doing Ballroom Dance On September 9, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean Students Doing Ballroom Dance On September 9, Pyongyang, North Korea

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#19 Kids Running In Songdowon International Children's Camp, Wonsan, North Korea

Kids Running In Songdowon International Children's Camp, Wonsan, North Korea

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#20 Kids Fishing, Wonsan, North Korea

Kids Fishing, Wonsan, North Korea

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#21 Man On Wall Waving Hand, Pyongyang, North Korea

Man On Wall Waving Hand, Pyongyang, North Korea

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#22 Young Men Laughing At Kaeson Youth Park Fun Fair, Pyongyang, North Korea

Young Men Laughing At Kaeson Youth Park Fun Fair, Pyongyang, North Korea

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#23 Guide Laughing In Mount Paektu

Guide Laughing In Mount Paektu

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Lou Wow 1 year ago

No need to cover up your lovely smile!

#24 Worker Woman At Hungnam Fertiliser Complex, Hamhung, North Korea

Worker Woman At Hungnam Fertiliser Complex, Hamhung, North Korea

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#25 North Korean Waitress Playing Accordion In A Restaurant, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean Waitress Playing Accordion In A Restaurant, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Tony Traub 1 year ago

These are photos of people who tow the party line and also live in the only decent city in that hell hole. Also these are people that have free state housing / benefits for loyalty to that fat little murderer / dictator. If they don't smile it's a one way trip to labor camp #666. Anywhere else in the country people barely have the basics to sustain life. Even though the people in the photos are smiling, they are really in fear of losing what little they have which could happen at any moment.

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#26 Workers During A Break, Nampho, North Korea

Workers During A Break, Nampho, North Korea

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#27 North Korean Students Doing Ballroom Dance On September 9, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean Students Doing Ballroom Dance On September 9, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Notchimine Mette 1 year ago

This is pretty.

#28 People Having Fun At Kaeson Youth Park, Pyongyang, North Korea

People Having Fun At Kaeson Youth Park, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Cody Eriksen 1 year ago

I wonder what simulator that is? I can imagine 80's arcade screen... in green.