These Are Images Of North Korea Kim Jong-Un Never Wanted Released

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Martin Von Den Driesch

When it comes to the North Korean way of life, we don’t know much.

The DPRK is the most secretive and isolated regime in the world and our understanding of the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ is, well, lacking.

So when photographers manage to get in and out of the country without being detained, the resulting photos can often be the best glimpse into the secretive state that we can get.

Martin Von Den Driesch

Martin Von Den Driesch, from Berlin, was the only Western participant on an eight-day visit to North Korea back in August 2014.

His pictures show a completely different side to the country to what is normally shown to the western world, unveiling beautiful scenery, beaches and even water parks.

The 48-year-old was visiting the country as part of a Russian and Korean group of 30 people, including his wife Julia Kim.

Martin Von Den Driesch

The group ventured into North Korea on a course to the capital Pyongyang and into South Korea, divided by a border called a Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

They were only allowed to tour the country with the accompaniment of government minders, who, as the Daily Mail reports, often told him to delete his photos.

Upon their arrival into South Korea through the DMZ, the group were greeted by a swarm of photographers and press.

His images show beaches and water parks (although abandoned):

Martin Von Den Driesch
Martin Von Den Driesch

Beautiful scenery, one of lesser-known sides of North Korea:

Martin Von Den Driesch
Martin Von Den Driesch

Secret villages:

Martin Von Den Driesch

And ‘day-to-day’ life in the secretive state:

Martin Von Den Driesch
Martin Von Den Driesch
Martin Von Den Driesch
Martin Von Den Driesch

Martin has launched a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to raise enough money to stage an exhibition and produce a book of his images.

He hopes to call it Crossing Frontiers: North Korea’s Great Unknown.