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Model City Pyongyang: The North Korean capital as you’ve never seen it before

Architects Cristiano Bianchi and Kristina Drapić gained access to North Korea’s most restricted buildings and discovered a world of kitsch, colour and drama, reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film...

Electronics Industry Hall (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)
May Day Stadium (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

May Day Stadium (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

The Monument to Party Foundation (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

The Monument to Party Foundation (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Pyongyang’s restricted buildings still preserve the DPRK’s original vision for a city designed ‘for the people’
Pyongyang Ice Rink (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Pyongyang Ice Rink (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Changgwan Health Complex (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Changgwan Health Complex (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Mangyongdae Children's Palace (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Mangyongdae Children's Palace (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Often kitsch, colourful and dramatic, Pyongyang’s architecture can be reminiscent of the aesthetic of a Wes Anderson film
May Day Stadium, Rungra Island (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

May Day Stadium, Rungra Island (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Badminton Hall (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Badminton Hall (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Central Youth Hall (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Central Youth Hall (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Mansudae Art Theatre (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Mansudae Art Theatre (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Pyongyang cityscape (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Pyongyang cityscape (Cristiano Bianchi/Kristina Drapić)

Make sure to read our exclusive interview with Michael Palin where he describes his recent journey to the secretive state of North Korea

Cristiano Bianchi and Kristina Drapić are the authors of Model City Pyongyang, a unique photo book published by Thames & Hudson in collaboration with Koryo Studio and with a forward by Pico Iyer.

You can order your copy on Amazon now.

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