Brave Photographers Smuggled These 30 Illegal Photos Out Of North Korea

North Korea is notorious for being a highly reclusive and secretive country.  Having shielded itself from the rest of the world for decades, North Korea is very selective of what images and information from inside their country is released to the outside world.

Over the years, however, photographers have managed to smuggle images and information out of the country that were certainly not approved by the North Korean government.   From incredibly odd, to heartwarming, to downright depressing, this sobering gallery about one of the world’s most militant countries will leave you both confused and heartbroken.

(photo credit: EBAUM’S WORLD)