NORTH KOREA

These Instagram Pictures Came Out Of North Korea

They paint an atmospheric picture of North Korean life that's rarely seen

Jul 22, 2015 at 6:03 AM ET

Despite reports that North Korea has banned access to Instagram, some quality photos are trickling out via foreigners visiting and living in the isolated country. Vocativ scanned for images that were geotagged as having been located in North Korea. They paint a somber yet pleasantly pastel-colored picture of the country that is so rarely seen by the outside world:

Laughing children at an amusement park in Pyongyang:

Kids with vibrant umbrellas at a foggy crosswalk:

A 9-to-5er:

What traffic cops wear:

North Koreans have Hello Kitty umbrellas, too: