September 24, 2021

Photos: North Korean capital bustling with changes amid prolonged lockdown

New high-resolution satellite imagery reveals the changing shape of Pyongyang

The North Korean capital was bustling with new construction activity in early 2021, according to high-resolution satellite imagery, despite persistent economic difficulties and a prolonged pandemic-related lockdown.

Authorities have shifted priorities in recent years when it comes to top-down construction projects -- appearing to temporarily abandon some of their largest projects while launching newer and bigger ones. In recent months, workers were also busy on smaller projects across Pyongyang.