ISOLATION and mystery are two words that jump to mind when we in the West think of North Korea.
A country shrouded in secrecy, emerging sporadically from its inward-looking society to daub our headlines with aggression and absurdity.
Schoolkids wave during a lesson at Gyongsang Kindergarten in North Korea’s capital city Pyongyang[/caption]
Admittance to the country is difficult and often impossible, but from time-to-time Western photographers are allowed in.
Earlier this month Getty photographer Carl Court was granted permission to document the Communist state, following its citizens at work and at play.
Families relaxing at arcades, kids swimming in water parks, women spending time at the beach and a bloke getting his haircut are just some of the intriguing snaps.
Whether it is news of its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons capability or its leader Kim Jong-Un’s to-and-fros with US President Donald Trump, North Korea remains fascinating.
A woman carries an inflatable ring as she walks on the beach[/caption]
North Koreans look on as a man plays an arm wrestling game in an amusement arcade[/caption]
A couple joke around as they walk on the beach[/caption]
Apartment blocks in Pyongyang – a workers monument inhabits the space in the middle of them[/caption]
Their unknown way of life, reports of poverty and prison camps, international hostages and hostile borders make it a country that is truly unique.
Even the date in North Korea is unique: it is 106, not 2018, with the country basing its calendar on Kim Il-Sung’s date of birth, 15th April 1912.
The country is considered the world’s only ‘necrocracy’, with North Koreans claiming they are governed by someone who is dead – Kim Il-Sung himself.
It is also home to the world’s biggest sport and events stadium, boasting a capacity of more 114,000.
Young ballerinas practice during a lesson at Mansyongdae School Children’s Palace in Pyongyang[/caption]
The May Day Stadium, the largest stadium in the world[/caption]
Visitors relaxing at a water park in the capital city, Pyongyang[/caption]
The 330-metre talkk Ryugong Hotel, Pyongyang’s tallest building[/caption]
A man waves as he enjoys a ride at Kaeson Youth Park[/caption]
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A bloke enjoys a spot of tennis at a sports complex[/caption]
A man is given a massage at a salon in Pyongyang[/caption]