North Korea seems to be constantly in the news these days due to their nuclear program, frequent missile tests, and spats with the U.S. The country's leaders are seen as a threat to world peace and wildly oppressive to their own people.
However, people often seem to forget about the fact that it is a country with a population of 25.37 million people. Many of whom are presumably trying to live a normal life under very difficult circumstances.
A recently released video titled 'Inside the North Korean Cocoon' shows a more normal version of how some regular people in North Korea live.
The video was shot by Jay Tindall, a photographer, videographer, and travel planner, on Sept. 1, just before the travel ban on U.S. citizens going to North Korea took effect.
This potentially makes it one of the last chances, for the foreseeable future at least, for people to get a look at life in North Korea.
It shows a version of North Korea that is far from the version that people see in the news.
In the video, high school kids are seen playing basketball, high-rise buildings appear at every corner, and people pile onto the subway as they go about their daily business.
Speaking in an interview with The Diplomat, Jay Tinadall said about the video, "“I wanted to show a side of normal life in Pyongyang that you never see on TV, not the military parades and Kim Jong Un and missiles [...] It still feels like you’re in a time warp, but I’ve seen a lot of changes.”
This was the third time that Jay had been to North Korea, after other trips in 2009, 2010, and 2014.
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