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Seeing Pyongyang in 360 Degrees

A photographer in a microlight aircraft shot 360-degree video over the secretive North Korean capital.
The 560-foot-tall Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea.
The 560-foot-tall Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea. Aram Pan/NK News

In September, as tensions ratcheted up over North Korea’s nuclear program, Aram Pan was high above Pyongyang as a passenger in a tiny, buzzing microlight aircraft, his video cameras pointed down at the North Korean capital.

Pan, a Singapore-based commercial photographer who has been traveling to North Korea since 2013, shot a 45-minute, 360-degree video of the city, recording a view that few outsiders have witnessed. Pan shot the video for NK News, an independent media organization with staff in Seoul and Washington, D.C.