Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in May 2014 (UN Photo)

Pyongyang is booming, but in North Korea all is not what it seems

Kim Jong-un’s regime is not coming in from the cold just yet, and an increasingly prosperous capital stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the country

Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in May 2014 (UN Photo)

By , The Guardian, in Pyongyang

A bus passenger plays with her mobile phone. A well-dressed couple, sitting hand in hand, peruse a western menu. Fleets of glossy taxis sweep past new apartment blocks. Pink coats and leopard-print bags flash by amid the crowds. In another capital you would notice the lightness of the traffic, the drabness of the pedestrians, the lack of billboards and More >