Korea was divided into two parts, South and North in 1945. For more than 70 years, the relations between the two countries have been rather tense. In fact, it was only recently that the Korean leaders conducted a productive summit during which they agreed on a number of united activities to help the countries regain their bonds. Despite the fact that they are neighbors, the life that its citizens live in these two countries is completely different. Proving just how different they are, Photographer Ed Jones decided to capture this and show the rest of the world. Notice their clothes, interiors, and environments:
1. Pictured above is a North Korean shooting instructor at her workplace in Pyongyang. While below, her South Korean counterpart in Seoul.
2. Notice the difference between a visitor at the North Korean Munsu Water Park (Pyongyang), and her South Korean counterpart at the Caribbean Bay Water Park (Seoul).
3. Pictured below we have gas station workers in North and South Korea.
4. A North Korean tour guide on top of Tower of the Juche Idea (Pyongyang) and her South Korean counterpart on the view deck of 63 Building (Seoul).
5. Pictured above, a 23-year-old student from North Korea in the city square in Pyongyang, and pictured below a 24-year-old student from South Korea in Seongdong-gu district of Seoul.
6. Here we have military officers from North and South Korea guarding the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
7. Shoppers in a supermarket in North Korea (Pyongyang) and South Korea (Seoul).
8. A North Korean driver of a tourist boat (Taedong River in Pyongyang) and his South Korean counterpart (Han River in Seoul).
9. What a difference! A farmer from North Korea with a backdrop of ginseng plantations and a farmer from South Korea.
10. Pictured above, a North Korean woman on Kim Il-sung square at a military parade and pictured below, a South Korean Rear Admiral in retirement protesting against nuclear weapons.
11. A North Korean girl in a computer class at a Sci-tech Center (Pyongyang) and a South Korean student in a computer class in Yonsei University (Seoul).
12. A Munsu Water Park employee in Pyongyang and a lifeguard at the South Korean One Mount Water Park.
13. Pictured above, a North Korean factory worker producing dental equipment in Pyongyang and pictured below, a South Korean factory worker producing packaging materials in Chuncheon.
14. A 9-year-old schoolgirl from North Korea celebrating Children’s Day in Pyongyang and a 10-year-old girl from South Korea at Seoul Fashion Week.