Think of North Korea and you think of Kim Jong-un, nuclear missiles and propaganda.
But these new, incredible photographs offer a different view of the hermit kingdom, unveiling its hidden beauty, serenity and the normality of its residents’ daily lives.
Jong-un, supreme leader of the world’s last remaining totalitarian state, oversees a regime of tyranny and repression that has seen more than 300 people executed since 2011.
Tensions with Donald Trump’s US have continued to simmer after Jong-un supervised tests aimed at developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching America.
However, as these stark images show, for most North Koreans, life is pretty ordinary.
Stunning shots taken in the past month show happy people going about their daily business in town squares and railway stations, while children are also seen listening to an accordion player.
Other photographs reveal the nation’s spectacular beauty, with the capital Pyongyang illuminated at night and skyscrapers pictured stretching across the city.
Temples and countryside are also showcased.
The rare snaps, which offer a unique glimpse behind the veil, were taken on a trip to the country by web designer Reuben Teo, 31, from Sarawak, Malaysia.