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I Knew They Were Different But These 10 Photos Are Truly Shocking. And Eye-Opening.

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With North Korea being ruled by a ruthless dictator and South Korea have a democracy, the states seem to be worlds apart–even though they call the exact same peninsula house. In his Korea-Korea job, German photographer Dieter Leistner used images he took in South Korea and North Korea to illustrate the two nations are. Have a look at the marked comparison between the nearby states.

1.) City Road, South Korea

1.) City Street, South Korea

2.) City Road, North Korea

2.) City Street, North Korea

3.) Bus Stop, South Korea

3.) Bus Stop, South Korea

4.) Bus Stop, North Korea

4.) Bus Stop, North Korea

5.) Girl Working, South Korea

5.) Woman Working, South Korea

6.) Girl Working, North Korea

6.) Woman Working, North Korea

7.) Mass Transit, South Korea

7.) Mass Transit, South Korea

8.) Mass Transit, North Korea

8.) Mass Transit, North Korea

9.) Suburbs, South Korea

9.) Suburbs, South Korea

10.) Suburbs, North Korea

10.) Suburbs, North Korea

(H/T Upworthy) Forget distinct states, these pictures seem like they were shot in different centuries. If you”re wondering why North Koreans don”t leave their old property behind, well, it”s a lot more complex than that. To put it simply, there”s no way they”re seeing any images of the modernized state below them. Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un goes to great lengths to isolate the country from the remaining part of the world. Share this photographic story of two states using the button below.

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