Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

• Comparison of North and South Korea in photographs

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

More than 70 years ago, Korea was divided into two states. And since life in the South and North Korea is quite different. While the democratic South prospered economically and enjoy all the benefits of modern life, communist North Korea has remained isolated from the rest of the world, paying great attention to tradition.

Now both countries are again looking for a way to unite - this week, South Korean President will meet with Kim Jong Ynom in Pyongyang for a third round of peace talks.

And while the leaders of the two countries are trying to heal the old wounds of the past, the photographer Ed Jones (Ed Jones) in his series of works shown at the same time the difference and the amazing similarity between North and South Korea.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

21-year-old Pu Song (top) poses in the water park Mansu in Pyongyang. At the bottom of the photo 30-year-old Kwon Ye water park Carribean Bay in Seoul.

Mansu State Park was built in 2013 on the orders of Kim Jong-un in the framework of new investment for a leader who has a weakness for water slides. Carribean Bay was the world's largest water park at the time of its opening in 1996. it is now owned by a private company Everland.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

The top photo - 9-year-old girl posing for a portrait after the performance at the festival in Pyongyang, dedicated to the World Children's Day. Below - 10-year-old girl after the show at Fashion Week in Seoul. It can be seen in the child's clothes from Korea dominates traditional design, while girls from South Korea more Western style.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

Above - instructor posing shooting at the shooting range in Pyongyang, where he works. Below - shooting instructor in Seoul.

In both countries, strict laws in relation to weapons, but weapons training at a high level due to compulsory military service.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - a North Korean student in the square in Pyongyang. Below - a student in the area of ​​Shinchon, Seoul.

In North Korea, about 200 free higher education institutions, the most prestigious of which - University of Kim Il Sung. In South Korea, more than universities, but most of them paid training.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

Above - portrait of a girl in the water park Mansu in Pyongyang, at the bottom - a portrait of a lifeguard at the water park in the Ilsa-gu, South Korea.

The lives of those who are fortunate enough to live in North Korea's capital, is a lot like the way live in other world capitals. However, those who live outside of Pyongyang, have a harder time.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

at the top - 27-year-old employee of a food establishment near the port city of Wonsan, North Korea. Below - 49-year-old woman working in the factory Spam, Seoul.

While Spam products are exported all over the world, products from North Korea banned because of sanctions imposed after the nuclear test.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

at the top - 19-year-old girl in the computer lab at Scitech building, Pyongyang. Below - 21-year-old student in a computer lab at Seoul Yonsei University. Although North Korea access to any technology is strictly controlled by the state, we know that in the capital of relatively advanced computer systems.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - a farmer on field background Ginseng, the North Korean city of Kaesong. At the bottom - as the farmer stands in his field, which is located near the fence of the demilitarized zone - the border between North and South Korea.

About a quarter of the population of North Korea is engaged in agriculture, but there are strict prohibitions against the sale of products within the country, so we can say that the population is starving. In South Korea, a small number of workers in the food industry, and the number of farmers decreases.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - a woman on the observation platform of the Monument of the Juche Idea in Pyongyang. Below - a woman on the observation deck of a skyscraper Yuksam Building.

Pyongyang and Seoul are separated by 193 kilometers, and the governments of both countries are planning to join the railway connection, in order to motivate tourists to cross the border.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - a woman posing during a military parade in Pyongyang, at the bottom - Rear Admiral retired holds a placard during a rally, where they played for the deployment of tactical US nuclear weapons in South Korea.

Although the Korean War ended in 1953, both countries are actually in the status of the war since a peace agreement was signed.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - 34-year-old man posing with his daughter in a supermarket in Pyongyang. Below - 35-year-old man and his son in a supermarket Bundang-gu, near Seoul. Sometimes the food in North Korea is packaged as western foods, but it rations issued by the state. In South Korea, people buy food in private supermarkets.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - 18-year-old employee of a gas station, North Korea. Below - fueling worker, South Korea.

In South Korea, half of the population owns a car, and in North Korea, it is rather a privilege available to the military, construction industry workers and the most loyal citizens of the regime.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - a man in a tourist boat on the Taedong River, North Korea. Below - a man in his boat for water sports, South Korea.

Travel to North Korea is known to be very limited, but it does not prevent every year several thousand tourists to visit the country. South Korea attracts millions of tourists every year.

Comparison of North and South Korea in pictures

At the top - a lieutenant of the Korean People's Army, North Korea, at the bottom - a corporal of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Korea, South Korea.