20 Hidden Photos from North Korea that Reveals its Dark Secrets

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If there is one country that arouses curiosity across the globe, then it is none other than the country of North Korea.

Today, we are going to take a sneak-peek into some of the most shocking elements that go on in the daily lives of the citizens of this country… some of the photos will leave you heartbroken. No.15 Is Mouth Dropping

20. The Danger Zone

North Korea has completely separated itself from the rest of the world, with only a few exception allies in China, Iran, Syria, and Sudan.

A country, whose human rights violation has been described as unparalleled in the contemporary world by various international organizations, is truly a place of terror.

This photograph clearly demonstrates the relationship of the country with the rest of the world, where no one can relate to its ballistic nature, and where it has been sealed off from the rest of the globe.

19. Someone’s Always Watching You

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Living in North Korea is equivalent to be in prison, where you are constantly monitored for your behavior.

As this photograph suggests, almost all the street of the country, especially the streets of its capital city, Pyongyang, is filled with soldiers, whose job are to keep a close watch on the citizens.

The robotic stance of the soldier in the picture expresses the fear that under looms always, even for these street cleaners.

18. All Hail the Tyrant

Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, and his ancestral rulers are worshipped (or should we say, made to be worshipped) like gods by the citizens.

Bowing down in front of the statues of these fear-inciting leaders are nothing out of the ordinary for the people here.

In fact, serious recrimination can be in store for you if you are not respectful enough.

If sources are to be believed, men of this country are only allowed to keep their hair in the fashion of its leader, nothing else. That’s how scary it is!

17. Grassroots

Poverty is more relevant in North Korea than we know. And the leaders do a good job of hiding it from the world.

But when you look from inside, you will find that around 90% of the population can’t afford to go to a grocery store. As a result, they resort to eating whatever they find, which includes, rats, birds, and grass, as seen in this photograph.

What is even more astonishing is that the government there has even put out a cookbook that describes the kinds of grass that taste best and how eating those are not that bad! Well, you know it is bad when you are made to eat grass.

16. Jailed at Home

Next up on our list of 20 hidden photos from North Korea that reveal its dark secrets comes this photograph.

Although the country boasts of a beautiful coastline, it is marred by the electric fences that run around it. Yes, that’s right!

As you can see here, these fences have been put on miles and miles of roads only to prevent its people from leaving.

And these are not ordinary fences. They are all electrified.

15. Blackout

Electricity is also a major issue for North Korea. It is almost a luxury that only the elites can afford on a permanent basis.

There are frequent blackouts throughout the country, including its capital city. What is surprising about this picture is that although the entire locality is under a blackout, light is still beaming on the photo of the country’s leader.

Although they try to advertise it as the leader being divine, it basically proves where the priorities lie for these elitists. For them, a light on the leader’s face is more important than in the house where a newborn may just be crying her or his lungs out because of the weather.

14. The Child’s Labour

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This photograph is more disturbing than you think it is like the people that you are seeing working in the field are all children!

Yes, children as young as six are made to work in a communal farm field across the country, especially during the harvest season.

Although education is kind of mandatory here, the children are also expected to help out in the field.

What is sad is that without the help of these children, there would be even less food in the country than it apparently has.

Not to mention that malnourishment in children is pretty high here due to the lack of proper food for everyone.

It’s a shame that the childhood of these children is compromised here.

13. Tied Down

Coming up next in our list of 20 hidden photos from North Korea that reveals its dark secrets is this photograph of a man on the banks of the Taedong river.

Just having a meal thrice a day is something which a lot of people can’t afford in this country. Here, a man, desperate to catch some fish, is using an old tractor tire as a boat.

Rowing into the middle of this waterbody, all he can hope is that he grabs a lunch for him and his family.

12. The Veil of Illusion

Citizens of North Korea are not allowed to travel outside their town or village without having a written permit. Therefore, riding a train is not something they can even think of doing on a frequent basis.

These trains are mainly for tourists, who themselves are heavily monitored and controlled on their tours.

The government sometimes releases pictures of these trains and stations filled with actors (who pose as commuters) to show how normal their transportations are.

11. The Façade

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When tourists are taken on guided tours by the officials, they are taken to an “average” North Korean family to showcase the high standard of living of its citizens.

What is incredible in this photograph is that these are just facades by the government to show off to their tourist.

Here, a woman is shown typing on a computer which is shut off, primarily because there is no electricity. Need we say more?

10. Propaganda TV

Next up in our list of 20 hidden photos from North Korea that reveal its dark secrets comes this image.

In this country, the law states that those who own a TV or radio are expected to keep it on all the time! This is ironic knowing how electricity is so scarce here.

And what do we see and hear on TV and radio here? Speeches from the president, patriotic music videos and propagandistic history shows. Wow! People there don’t get a break, do they?

You might end up in jail if you refuse to keep your TV or radio switched on.

9. A World of Their Own

Setting up businesses or stores of their own is prohibited in the country. But nonetheless, citizens of the nation set up small stores in order to make a living since the government doesn’t pay or feed them well.

As a result, people come out with various ways of feeding themselves and their kids.

Small shops like these sell smuggled goods such as candies or cigarettes from places like China. And we can’t even blame them here!

8. Making a Living

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Farming is considered to be a national activity here and it requires everyone to chip in their share in it.

Even soldiers, in their spare time, resort to farming, not only because it is mandatory, but also because the government pay does not suffice.

The soldiers mostly work on farms in exchange for money or food.

7. Where Soldiers Hitchhike

Another setback in North Korea is its lack of transportation facilities.

Private cars can hardly be seen here. Taxis are something that only the elites can afford. Talking about buses, well, we will come to it a bit later.

Thus, people have to resort to their bikes or cycles or even walk to their place of work. Even soldiers resort to hitchhiking as seen in this photograph.

6. The Empty Chambers

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Next up on our list off 20 hidden photos from North Korea that reveal its dark secrets is this picture.

The capital city of Pyongyang has a number of such buildings, which have been modeled after the architectural styles found in Europe, China, and Japan.

But these are just facades by the government to show off to the world. These buildings are hollow from inside with no electricity and are nothing but a showpiece.

5. In Leisure

In their time of leisure, kids are seen enjoying rollerblades in this photograph.

Yes, they may seem a thing of the past for westerners but this just shows that maybe there is a bit of downtime when these kids can get to be themselves for a while.

Even if they are 20 years behind, it is a bit of comfort in seeing kids do something which brings a smile to their faces.

4. The Death Trap

This photograph may not scream anything out of usual, but trust us, it is!

These square-shaped boulders are not there for decoration only.

In the event of a seize or an invasion, these blocks will fall off on the road, thereby stopping any tanks or another military vehicle to pass.

There are also multiple rocks on the wall, which have been designed to shrapnel in order to injure foot soldiers

3. The Face of Terror

Yes, that’s a photograph from inside a North Korean family’s home.

As a citizen, you are expected to hang the photos of your country’s leaders on your wall. If anyone fails to do so, they will be up for a rude awakening from government officials.

Bizarrely, it even doesn’t end here. Even public transports carry these photographs with them. Basically, they believe enough hammering of a false statement will make it true.

2. The Eternal Wait

Now, we come to the public buses as mentioned earlier.

Buses are also very irregular here, and just to hop on a bus to get to work would test your patience level like nothing else.

First of all, there aren’t enough buses and secondly, they have huge intervals between them. So, it is a nightmare just to get on the bus that would drop you to your workplace. And we complain about the traffic! They have literally no traffic! And that’s, as we see here, is not a good thing!

1. The Optimist View

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Among the 20 hidden photos from North Korea that reveal its dark secrets, this is probably the only positive photograph that gives hope.

Here, we see North Korea on the left side and China on the right side divided by the Tumen river in between.

The distinction in the way of life is relevant from this picture and it is more than the difference in architecture.

During winter, when the water freezes, a lot of North Koreans try to escape to China, only to be caught up by the officials.

But nonetheless, this image bears a sense of hope that is unmatched by any other photo here.

Because this represents escape!

Hopefully, a day will come when the citizens of the country will be able to free themselves and for the first time in their life, maybe live life like it should be lived.

Scroll down to see Eric’s North Korea pictures for yourself.

Updated: our video team has gathered more information on those images and contacted Eric for additional footage. Check our video for more information.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Please remove or at least blur the faces of the 3 people who have set up a shop. They, and likely 3 generations of their family, will be sent to a gulag or killed if they are reported.

  2. The item about the hairstyles us completely false. In fact it’s is the complete opposite. No one is allowed it to have the same haircut as the supreme leader. There are a handful of accepted haircuts for men that they can pick from but nobody can have the hairstyle of the leader.

  3. Now, I fully understand why there was no traffic and the streets always clean. Because they’re all prisoners in their own hometown. Let’s pray for them especially for their leader, to change his way how to treat his own people. Lord, please help, guide and protect all these people and their leader. In Jesus’ name, I prayed, Amen!🙏🙏🙏

    • the leader is horrible for not letting North Korea actually have a good life, forcing them to put up pictures of him, don’t give them any money or food( he is leader, all other countries do help and support their people unlike Kim Jong-un) To be honest he should accept the fact that his people want to escape. He should realize that leaders lead and leaders are not kings they are people who look after their people and right now he is nothing like a leader he should be.

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