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09/30/2015 11:10 am ET Updated Oct 02, 2015

Photos Show North Korea's Shiny New Airport

Things look strikingly familiar.

Chances are a visit to North Korea is not in your future plans. But photos of the country's shiny new airport give you a virtual glimpse at what some tourists experience when they arrive in the Hermit Kingdom.

Singaporean photographer Aram Pan, whose DPRK 360 project aims to capture panoramas of North Korean life, was the first passenger to clear customs when he arrived at the new Kalma International Airport as part of a special tourist group. On his website, Pan says the purpose of DPRK 360 is to "encourage understanding of the country and uncover the mysteries that lay hidden" without addressing sensitive political issues.

The new airport, located in the coastal Wonsan area, will start welcoming regional flights in November, with plans to go international soon after. The airport expects only about 2,000 passengers per day; for comparison, New York's JFK welcomed almost 146,000 passengers a day in 2014.

After having visited other small-scale airports, Pan says he was highly impressed by how modern North Korea's was. 

"It blew me away," Pan told HuffPost. "Everything was so well-made, you simply have to see it for yourself." Good thing he took photos.

  • "I really liked the modern touches," Pan told HuffPost of his visit to Kalma Airport.
    Aram Pan/DPRK 360
  • A spacious baggage claim welcomes visitors.
    Aram Pan/DPRK 360
  • Pan says details like wall tiles, glass panels and LED lights gave the airport a modern look.
    Aram Pan/DPRK 360
  • Aram Pan/DPRK 360
  • Air Koryo -- consistently ranked worst in the world by agency SkyTrax -- will operate out of the new Kalma Airport.
    Aram Pan/DPRK 360
  • Flight attendants from Air Koryo accompanied Pan on his flight to Kalma.
    Aram Pan/DPRK 360
  • Glass elevators welcome guests to the airport's upper level...
    Aram Pan/DPRK 360
  • ...and outside, you've reached your destination.
    Aram Pan/DPRK 360

If you're interested in seeing North Korea's airports for yourself, consider heading over on a state-sponsored tour.As long as you book the right way, North Korea will usually welcome you as a tourist:

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