Photographs: DPRK (North Korea)

I visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with a friend at the end of May 2011, roughly six months prior to the death of Kim Jong-il. Our desire to visit the three operational amusement parks necessitated a private rather than a group tour, but we followed a fairly typical itinerary otherwise; the only major sights missed were the Mansudae Grand Monument and Kumsusan Memorial Palace, both of which were closed for maintenance at the time.

If you find these pictures interesting I'd strongly recommend watching both A State of Mind and the recent documentary by Michael Palin; both show off a side of a fascinating country not often covered in western media.