While residents of Pyongyang were busy throughout the summer and especially in the weeks leading up to the September 9 foundation day-related events, many of the millions of people in the city still carried on with a typical, if altered, routine.
But the city and its economy kept moving, and its residents – parents, grandparents, children, students – still tried to find time outside various holiday-related tasks to go shopping, meet friends, study, work on other projects, and generally work to get by.
Some of the photos below take a look behind the scenes of some of the events, while others show Pyongyangites working, playing, and taking care of business.
The North Korean capital’s appearance has changed drastically over the past decade, and residents are being seen with more modern technology and expensive personal possessions, but behind these new features are the reminders of bygone eras and, of course, the omnipresent propaganda.
The following series thus shows the many sides of Pyongyang, most of which can be seen from its major roads, in images acquired by NK News and taken mostly in early September and late August.