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A rare look inside the Hermit Kingdom
David Guttenfelder, the Associated Press' chief Asia photographer, pulls back the curtain on North Korea as it marks the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death
 

Residents of Pyongyang walk by a mosaic of the late Kim Jong Il on the second anniversary of his death.



The streets of Pyongyang were completely deserted around noon, as residents of the capital stayed indoors to watch a nationally televised memorial service for the late leader, who died on Dec. 17, 2011.



Rice wine with vipers at a Pyongyang restaurant. Guttenfelder was told that no alcohol would be served, as part of the commemoration of Kim Jong Il's death.



North Koreans bow in front of statues of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung on the eve of the anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.

All photos courtesy David Guttenfelder, via Instagram

 
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