Pyongyang, capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), is home to about 3 milion people and only visited by a small number of tourists each year due to the relatively "closed" status of the country. However this is not exactly true and the DPRK is gradually opening up to international travel with visitors from all backgrounds coming in increasing numbers.
Those who do make it to Pyongyang find a surprizingly beautiful city full of wide avenues, lush green parks and spectacular architecture. Almost completely destroyed during the Korean War (1950 - 1953), Pyongyang raised from its ashes in the 1960's and 70's with the help of architects often trained in the Soviet Union, designing impressive structures marked by modernist, futurist and brutalist influences. This photo essay aims to give a small insight into the beautifully well preserved vintage socialist architecture of Pyongyang, one of the most isolated and unknown cities in the world.