“Earlier this year, AP photographer David Guttenfelder was allowed to document daily life in the isolated country from Pyongyang to the spiritual Mount Paektu – under the government’s terms.
North Korean people rest next to the railroad tracks in a town in North Korea’s North Hamgyong province on June 20, 2014. The AP was granted permission to embark on a weeklong road trip across North Korea to the country’s spiritual summit, Mount Paektu – on the government’s terms. An AP reporter and photographer weren’t allowed to interview people on the street or wander off course, and government “minders” accompanied them the entire way.
Portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are illuminated on a building as the sun rises over Pyongyang, North Korea, on June 14.
An apartment block stands behind hotel room curtains on the main street in Hamhung, North Korea, on June 15.
Men share a picnic lunch and North Korean-brewed and bottled Taedonggang beer along the road in North Korea’s North Hwanghae province on June 16.
The remains of lunch sit on a restaurant table in the city of Wonsan, North Korea, on June 15.
Farmers walk in a rainstorm with their cattle near Hyesan, North Korea, in the Ryanggang province on June 16.
Statues of animals playing musical instruments stand along the roadside south of Samsu, North Korea, in the Ryanggang province on June 16.
Boys play soccer in the town of Hyesan in North Korea’s Ryanggang province on June 16.
A deer’s hoof, used as a door handle, hangs June 17 from the front door of the home where North Koreans say the late leader Kim Jong Il was born near Mount Paektu in North Korea’s Ryanggang province.
A man sits by a cooking fire he built to roast potatoes and chicken in Samjiyon in North Korea’s Ryanggang province on June 17.”