What is life like in the hermit nation of North Korea?
David Guttenfelder, the chief photographer in Asia for the Associated Press, is currently on assignment in Pyongyang and is experiencing it first-hand. And now, thanks to photo application Instagram and North Korea’s newly established 3G mobile connection -- which is allowed only to foreigners -- Guttenfelder is able to share with outsiders a glimpse of life in the capital of the world's most reclusive country.
The new Koryolink 3G network is journalists’ newest tool in "live" reporting from the pariah nation. Media coverage and foreign journalists are strictly monitored, but for the first time, the wireless connection will enable live updates from within the borders of the "Democratic People's Republic."
The new network, along with newly allowed cellphones, is North Korea’s latest step in opening up the country.
Jean Lee, AP's Seoul-based Korea bureau chief, also used the Koryolink network to send out her first tweet from the other side of the Demilitarized Zone, the world's most fortified border.
— Jean H. Lee (@newsjean) February 25, 2013
Guttenfelder’s pictures are all taken in the capital, Pyongyang, where life is heavily regulated by officials, so photos are reflective of the best living standards and facilities that the nation has to offer.
Guttenfelder also accompanied basketball player Dennis Rodman and Google’s Eric Schmidt on their recent visits.