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Inside North Korea

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Earlier this year, David Guttenfelder, chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press, along with Jean H. Lee, AP bureau chief in Seoul, were granted unprecedented access to parts of North Korea. The pair made visits to famous sites accompanied by government minders. They were also allowed to travel into the countryside accompanied by North Korean journalists instead of government officials. Though much of what the AP team saw was certainly orchestrated, their access was still remarkable. Collected here are some of Guttenfelder's images from the trip that provide a glimpse of North Korea. [37 photos]

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A view of central Pyongyang, North Korea, at dusk on April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
A view of central Pyongyang, North Korea, at dusk on April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
A statue known as the Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification, which symbolizes the hope for eventual reunification of the two Koreas, arches over a highway at the edge of Pyongyang, North Korea, seen on April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
In this April 13, 2011 photo, two female North Korean soldiers hold hands as they tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung at Mangyongdae, North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A young girl stands on floral-print carpet inside the Pyongyang Children's Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 14, 2011. The large facility teaches performance arts, fine arts, and sports as extracurricular classes to students in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A shadow of the 170-meter (560-foot) Juche Tower is cast over the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 9, 2011. The tall structure at top right is the Ryugyong Hotel, its exterior only recently completed, despite construction starting in 1987. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A large statue of Kim Il Sung sits in the entrance to the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
In this April 21, 2011 photo, men operate a manual rail car on tracks running along the West Sea barrage near Nampho, North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A multi-lane highway, empty of vehicles, near Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A person on a bicycle rides by as a man plows a field outside of Kaesong, North Korea, on April 17, 2011. North Korea's perennial food shortage has reached a crisis point in 2011, aid workers say, because of torrential rains, the coldest winter in 60 years and rising food prices. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Buildings sit next to a small body of water in an unidentified North Korean town along the highway from Pyongyang to the southern city of Kaesong, photographed on April 17, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
North Korean workers rebuild the roof of a structure at the Pohyon Temple at the foot of Mount Myohyang, North Korea, on April 19, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
People walk and use bicycles to cross a railroad bridge over a riverbed north of Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 19, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
In this April 17, 2011 photo, a man walks near a stand of rural housing outside of Kaesong, North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A man sits on a cart carrying wood on a road outside the southern town of Kaesong, North Korea, on March 17, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Men ride bicycles at the end of a work day in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Women perform a dance routine with badminton rackets at an event to mark the birthday of Kim Il Sung at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A woman sits at a small table selling snacks on the roadside along the West Sea Barrage near Nampho, North Korea, on April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
In this April 13, 2011 photo, a North Korean traffic police officer stands along a street in central Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A city tram carries passengers in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Concert-goers sit inside an auditorium as they wait for a classical music performance to begin in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
An illustration of a building project hangs in front of the construction project in progress in Pyongyang, North Korea, photographed on April 13, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Students swim and play on a water slide at a pool facility at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 13, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A girl carries a flower through a memorial cemetery in Pyongyang, North Korea, for men and women who died fighting against the Japanese occupation. Photographed on April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Families have their photograph taken in front of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2011. The palace, which was the official residence of Kim Il Sung until his death in 1994, is now a mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
In this April 13, 2011 photo, people stroll along the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Commuters walk through a subway station in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Children look through a subway car window in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A United States flag and weapons sit inside a glass display case at the war museum in Pyongyang, North Korea, photographed on March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Stuffed animals on display at Changgwang Elementary School, where they are used for biology classes in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A photograph of Kim Il Sung hangs on a wall next to a light made from a grenade inside an exhibit, made to look like underground bunkers used during the resistance against the Japanese occupation, at the war museum in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A video shows the liftoff of the North Korean Unha-2 rocket to launch the Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite into space, on a screen inside a hall at the Three Revolution Exhibition in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18, 2011. North Korea called the launch, which took place on April 5, 2009, a successful bid to put a communications satellite into space. However, the U.S. and South Korea called it cover for a test of their long-range missile technology and accused Pyongyang of violating U.N. resolutions prohibiting North Korea from developing its nuclear and missile technologies. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A children's choir performs in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
In this March 9, 2011 photo, rows of portable stereos sit on desks inside a music library room at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A woman works on a library computer at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
People work on library computers at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 13, 2011. North Korea is undergoing a digital revolution of sorts, even as it holds some of the strictest cyberspace policies in the world. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
North Korean soldiers, foreground, and North Korean traffic police, background, tour the birthplace of Kim Il Sung to pay their respects at Mangyongdae, North Korea, on April 13, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A girl plays the piano inside the Changgwang Elementary School, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

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