images that give a glimpse of daily life in the notoriously isolated North Korea
A large number of North Koreans work daily on farms, in factories, and in the nation's capital, Pyongyang. Little is known about the lives of those who live in North Korea, one of the world's most isolated countries.
North Korea worked hard to boost its agricultural output after a disastrous famine in the 1990s.
Electronics, cosmetics, food, household goods, and other items are all sold in the store.
The government promotes the use of domestically produced cosmetics over imported ones.
In 2016, there were only 100 employees on duty when the Los Angeles Times visited.
A hotel in Pyongyang has this portrait hanging on the wall.
According to reports, 1,600 people, mostly women, are employed by the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile factory, which bears the name of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's grandmother.
At the Ryuwon Shoe Factory, Kim Kyong Hui claimed that Kim Jong Un, a respected leader, had given instructions for us to carefully examine shoes from all over the world and take inspiration from their examples.
Employees at the Suk Pyongyang textile factory sort and prepare silkworms to create silk threads.
Approximately 200 tons of silk are produced annually, according to Pyongyang's Suk Pyongyang textile factory.
The amount of fertilizer that North Korea requires has historically been difficult to produce.
One of North Korea's seven steel complexes.
Following World War II, production was briefly halted before picking up in 1953.
North Koreans are permitted to work in China, and some do so in North Korea at Chinese businesses, but they must pay a price: Kim Jong Un's regime deducts a portion of each employee's pay.
Kim Jong Un attributed a rise in COVID-19 infections to his own officials' "irresponsible work attitude" in May 2022.