Another photo that appears to be normal,shows North Koreans during their daily commute. Every other country in the world would not find this photo threatening, but Kim’s administration is notorious for being very secretive and does not allow unstaged photos like this one to be taken. Tourists are encouraged to photograph only “designated places that are well-maintained”.
Michael remembers that all of the places their group was taken seemed to be nice and stage-managed, thus he was surprised to see this weird slum which reminded him of ‘communist era Eastern Europe’. The North Koreans on this photo surrounded by socialist architecture of North Korean leaders are waiting to sell human waste which is used as fertilizer.