Pyongyang, North Korea, 25 July 2014. Kim il-Sung Square at the center of the North Korean capital is mostly empty except for party propaganda. Across the river stands the Juche Tower monument.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 30 July 2014. Official buildings on Kim il-Sung square captured during a rare walk in the city. The Party Headquarters, National Library, and Cabinet Secretariat (from left to right).
Pyongyang, North Korea, 25 July 2014. North Koreans paying tribute to their former leaders Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il at Mansu Hill Monument. 
Pyongyang, North Korea, 25 July 2014. Socialist monuments lining the two giant statues of the Kim's on Mansu Hill. 
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Young North Koreans in colorful traditional costumes dancing in a square in central Pyongyang.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. The so-called mass-dance events commemorates the anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Monument to the founding of the North Korean Workers' Party with a brush next to hammer and sichle oddly symbolizing the contributions of the intellectual class.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Preparations for festivities celebrating the anniversary of the end of the Korean War at the monument to the founding of the North Korean Workers' Party.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Juche Tower monument commemorating North Korea's state ideology and plaques left at the entrance by visiting international Juche study groups.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Patriotic statues on the Triumphal Arch commemorating the Korean War and in front of the North Korean Army Museum.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Official buildings adorned with national symbols in downtown Pyongyang.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 29 July 2014. Countless identical apartments at a Pyongyang housing complex.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Colorful apartment blocks in downtown Pyongyang.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Mosaic murals of the Kim's and other propaganda posters are ubiquitous around downtown Pyongyang.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. A train, imported from East Berlin, arriving at a lavishly decorated metro station.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Chirdren overlooking an amusement park from a terrace at Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Newly-built apartment complex at Changjon Street.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. North Koreans paying their respects at Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery, where bronze statues commemorate the country's fallen heroes.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Skyline of the North Korean capital by night with illuminated Juche Tower, bridges and buildings on the banks of Taedong seen from the top of Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Skyline on the banks of Taedong river with Yanggakdo International Hotel and Rungrado May Day Stadium seen from the top of the Juche Tower monument.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 25 July 2014. Skyline of the North Korean capital on both banks of Taedong seen from the top of Yanggakdo International Hotel.
Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2014. Perspectives on the skyline of downtown Pyongyang with Triumphal Arch, Party Monument and Ryugyong Hotel.