A vivid photo collection takes viewers inside the secretive world of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea and shows just how unreal the Hermit Kingdom can be.
From the eerily quiet streets of Pyongyang to the dated, Soviet era clothing of the nation's citizens, the photos are a glimpse into a nation with nearly nothing in common with most of the 21st century world.
Perhaps most astonishing is the DPRK's signature Mass Games, where tens of thousands of strictly trained performers show off their perfectly choreographed dances, marches, and gymnastics.
Debbie Pappyn from the website Classe Touriste, call the Mass Games, or Arirang, 'A mind-blowing event (we went two times) that can only be witnessed here in the DPRK.'
These striking pictures, taken by David de Vleeschauwer, are the closest most will ever get to the 'other' Korea. Others will be inspired enough to make the trip into the strange land.
Though not many. According to Pappyn, only around 5000 Westerners--around half of whom are Americans--make it to the DPRK each year.
Let the soldier be your guide: Welcome to North Korea, where all Western visitors are accompanied by at least two North Korean guides in military-style uniforms