Culture | A glimpse into daily lives in North Korea: Images
  • Sleeping solidaires. Photo: Bryan Hughes
    Sleeping solidaires. Photo: Bryan Hughes
  • Kids at Songdowon Beach. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
    Kids at Songdowon Beach. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
  • Anglers at Wonsan pier. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
    Anglers at Wonsan pier. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
  • Playing board games in Moranbong Park. Photo: Robert Grove-Smith
    Playing board games in Moranbong Park. Photo: Robert Grove-Smith
  • Drinking and singing in Moranbong Park. Photo: Robert Grove-Smith
    Drinking and singing in Moranbong Park. Photo: Robert Grove-Smith
  • Military family in Samjiyon. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
    Military family in Samjiyon. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
  • Young girls in Wonsan. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
    Young girls in Wonsan. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
  • Boys in Hamhung. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
    Boys in Hamhung. Photo: Raymond K Cunningham Jr
  • Street scene in Kaesong. Photo: Eric Lafforgue
    Street scene in Kaesong. Photo: Eric Lafforgue
  • Comic books are – like in Japan – popular in NK. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
    Comic books are – like in Japan – popular in NK. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
  • Family picknick in Maranbong Park. Photo: Jon Dunbar
    Family picknick in Maranbong Park. Photo: Jon Dunbar
  • Young football players. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
    Young football players. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
  • Photo: Eric Lafforgue
    Photo: Eric Lafforgue
  • Potting river in Pyongyang. Photo: Rita Willaert
    Potting river in Pyongyang. Photo: Rita Willaert
  • Taedong Gate, Pyongyang, built in 1635. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
    Taedong Gate, Pyongyang, built in 1635. Credit: PRIMAVERA PERS/MT
  • Harvesting maize in farming village near Changrim. Photo: Frühtau
    Harvesting maize in farming village near Changrim. Photo: Frühtau

Simple pleasures

A new book shows photos not many in the West associate with North Korea – citizens doing everyday activities not that different from yours or mine