Jarring Photo Series Shows The Drastic Differences Between North Korea And South Korea


Imagine being a photographer and being granted rare access to be able to capture shots of the everyday life in North Korea.

Well, that's exactly what happened to Dieter Leistner, a German photographer. Throughout the photo series, you can see the differences between both places in each and every photo.

Leistner visited Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, to capture shots of people riding the trains to work in the morning, and capturing glimpses of the empty streets. After that, he ventured off to Seoul, the capital of South Korea and did the same.

Once all of the photos were collected, Leistner turned the project into a book called "Korea -- Korea," which was published by Gestalten.

Check out the photos below for a look at the drastic differences between each place.

A street in Pyongyang, North Korea.


A street in Insadong, South Korea.


The Pyongyang Metro in North Korea.


The Seoul Metropolitan Subway in South Korea.


The Grand People’s Study House in North Korea.


The Gyeongbok Palace in South Korea.


A policewoman on Jang Gwang Street in North Korea.


A hat kiosk along Insadong Street in South Korea.


The Kumsusan Palace and Kim Il Sung Mausoleum in North Korea.

The Statue of King Sejong in Gwanghwamun Square in South Korea.


H/T: Feature Shoot, Photos Courtesy: Dieter Leistner