A Photographer Shows Differences Between North and South Korea

In 1945, Korea was divided into South Korea and North Korea. For more than 70 years, relations between these two countries have been very tense. Only recently have Korean leaders been able to hold a productive summit (September 18-19, 2018) during which they agreed on a series of joint activities to help countries regain their ties.

Although communist North Korea and democratic South Korea are neighbors, life in these two countries is totally different. Photographer Ed Jones decided to capture it and show it to the rest of the world. In the photos, you can see that clothes, interiors, and environments are more modern in South Korea, but his soul is definitely the same.

CrfatSides was impressed with these photos and wants you to see them too.

North and South Korea Difference

1. A North Korean shooting instructor at her workplace in Pyongyang and her South Korean colleague in Seoul

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

2. A visitor at the Munsu water park in North Korea (Pyongyang) and it’s South Korean counterpart at the Caribbean Bay water park (Seoul)

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

3. Gas station workers in North and South Korea

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

4. A tour guide from North Korea on top of the Juche Idea Tower (Pyongyang) and its South Korean counterpart at the 63 Building lookout (Seoul)

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

5. A 23-year-old student from North Korea in Pyongyang City Square and a 24-year-old student from South Korea in Seongdong-gu district in Seoul

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

6. Military officers from North and South Korea protecting the demilitarized zone of Korea

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

7. Shoppers in a supermarket in North Korea (Pyongyang) and South Korea (Seoul)

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

8. A driver of a North Korean tourist boat (Taedong River in Pyongyang) and his South Korean colleague (Han River in Seoul)

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

9. A farmer from North Korea with a backdrop of ginseng plantations and a farmer from South Korea.

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

10. A North Korean woman in Kim Il-sung Square in a military parade and a retired South Korean rear admiral protesting

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

11. A North Korean worker in Wonsan and her South Korean colleague in Chuncheon

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

12. A North Korean girl in a computer class at a Science and Technology Center (Pyongyang) and a South Korean student in a computer class at Yonsei University (Seoul)

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

13. An employee at the Munsu water park in Pyongyang and a lifeguard at the South Mount One Mount water park

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

14. A North Korean worker who produces dental equipment in Pyongyang and a South Korean worker who produces packaging materials in Chuncheon.

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

15. A 9-year-old North Korean student celebrating Children’s Day in Pyongyang and a 10-year-old South Korean girl at Seoul Fashion Week

© ED JONES / AFP / East News  

Have you ever been to South or North Korea, or maybe both? In that case, tell us the differences you noticed in these 2 countries.

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One Comment

  1. Linda Tisue Reply

    Thanks for the photos.
    N. Korean people look much as S. Koreans did twenty years ago, when I was living in Gangwondo in the 1990’s. There is a shriveled steely appearance in people that grew up on the edge of starvation. South Koreans had it in the 1990’s, but only the elderly S. Koreans show that steel. Interestingly, in the first water park photos, the N. Koreans are quite heavy, seems that the well heeled have plenty to eat.

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