Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

37 Illegal Photos That Were Secretly Smuggled Out Of North Korea.

Sometimes, it feels like the entire world is accessible to us: International travel is easier than ever before, and even if we can't make a trip we have the internet and social media to provide us a window into the world.

However, there's one place where that's still not quite true: North Korea. Heavily guarded, mysterious, and frozen in time, the country only allows certain people in -- and then has incredibly strict guidelines about what kind of information can get out.

Despite that, photographer Michal Huniewiz risked imprisonment by taking photos of everyday life in the country, and then smuggling them out. He managed to evade the watch of his tour guide (who acts like more of a guard) to take these incredible images.

He took this photo of a customs declaration form revealing the items banned from being brought into the country (the list is quite long). Additionally, everyone's laptop was searched for "controversial" content.

He took this photo of a customs declaration form revealing the items banned from being brought into the country (the list is quite long). Additionally, everyone's laptop was searched for "controversial" content.

His visit started with a train journey from the Chinese city of Dandong to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

His visit started with a train journey from the Chinese city of Dandong to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

Dandong station is one of the only entry points into North Korea for foreigners. This is where his journey started.

Dandong station is one of the only entry points into North Korea for foreigners. This is where his journey started.

Here, a young boy checks out the railway works during the journey.

Here, a young boy checks out the railway works during the journey.

Here's Pyongyang by day, looking about as bleak as possible.

Here's Pyongyang by day, looking about as bleak as possible.

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