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Inside North Korea with NBC News team

The Korean War has often been called the "forgotten war" in the United States, but in North Korea it is a different story. This July 27 marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and the North Koreans invited the world's journalists, including an NBC News team, in to report on its  "Victory Day" commemorations.  Six buses of international journalists were shepherded around Pyongyang under the watchful eye of state minders and taken only to Korean War-related events. We were not allowed to take pictures out the bus windows of everyday street scenes.

The Arirang games flashcard mosaics usually have patriotic themes. This year's theme highlights the exploits of North Korean soldiers in the 1950-1953 war. What you don't see on television or even across May Day stadium, unless you have a long camera lens or binoculars, are the heads of some of the boys popping up above their flashcards. I'm not sure if they were allowed to peek, but perhaps they wanted to see the big show on the field for themselves.
The Arirang games flashcard mosaics usually have patriotic themes. This year's theme highlights the exploits of North Korean soldiers in the 1950-1953 war. What you don't see on television or even across May Day stadium, unless you have a long camera lens or binoculars, are the heads of some of the boys popping up above their flashcards. I'm not sure if they were allowed to peek, but perhaps they wanted to see the big show on the field for themselves.

All photos by ML Flynn / NBC News

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