15 Pictures Smuggled Out Of North Korea, Kim Jong Un Wouldn’t Like You To See!

North Korea is a country of lot restrictions and Kim Jong Un. You might have heard about the facts about the country but not might have seen in a picture. Well, Photographer Eric Lafforgue, one of the few lucky ones got a chance to capture some pictures that ain't allowed to see!

What’s wrong in this picture?

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North Korea allows you to capture pictures when kids are operating computers; however, they ask you to delete when the computers are off.

Old man mowing grass from the park.

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I have also read many times that on Sundays, most people must ‘volunteer’ to work, even if they want to sleep in, and this could mean “mowing” the grass in public areas, using their hands, because there is NO gas for lawnmowers. There are no lawnmowers, so they do it by hand.

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A rare picture of an undisciplined kid in North Korea.

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You’re forbidden to capture a picture of an undisciplined kid as he’s stood in the middle of the road, waiting for the bus.

They don’t allow anyone to capture this picture as it includes the tunnel.

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Pyongyang’s subway is the deepest in the world( 110m), and according to the Internet, it serves as a bomb shelter.

Illegal to capture a malnourished soldier.

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Even in malnutrition, he is wearing a military cap and pin-button of his supreme leader.

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Not allowed to capture the photos of soldiers when they’re relaxing.

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The solider might have been in deep trouble. Military Chief: How can you relax, it’s North Korea!

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It’s okay to capture pictures of animals until soldiers are part of it.

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Even on their time off, they must wear uniforms. Just like the school kids– when they leave home, even on the weekends, to go to the shops or whatever, they must have on their school uniforms. This country loves uniforms!

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“Queuing is a national sport for North Koreans,” says Lafforgue.

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I don’t mind the queue, it represents order. However, here;’s the meaning of this picture is so different, they are shepherded like sheep by a mindless leader. This shows desperation, unavailability of travel resources and failing of govt doings.

Capturing officials in a bad light.

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Actually, the light creeping in is pretty good!

Illegal to capture poverty.

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Drawing water out from handpump undoubtedly depicts poverty. They say that families carefully choose government; however, it doesn’t seem so.

Eric was accompanied by the local cameraman to shoot his videos.

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That’s filmception. Video shoots the video shoot of a video shoot.

Eric says, One Night, On The Way Back To The Hotel My Bus Had To Take An Alternate Route Due To Street Closures. As We Passed By Old Buildings, The Guides Asked Me Not To Shoot With Flash. The Official Reason Was ‘To Avoid Scaring People’.

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I suspect that a flashing camera might indeed be scary for people who had never seen a picture being taken before, especially in the case of small children.

Not allowed to capture Kim Jong Un pictures from the back.

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No butts allowed.

Eric’s guide asked me to delete this picture as Western media might think that the guy lying on rock is dead. He was alive.

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It’s so comfortable to lie down on sharp-edged rocks.

A broom left below Kim Il Sung’s Statue In Mansudae, In Pyongyang.

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Are that Kim II Sung’s suitcase and hat? Was he allowed to leave them like this before stepping on the platform?

BONUS

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Along with poverty, displaying wealth is also considered taboo. North Korean’s are fond of Mercedes. Kim Jong Un owns Maybach worth $1.6M.