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04/14/2017 02:33 pm ET

Take A Glimpse Inside A Massive North Korean Celebration

It's the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth.
The sun sets in Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
Damir Sagolj / Reuters
The sun sets in Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.

With U.S. and North Korea tensions rising, the hermit kingdom is preparing to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, with an expected huge military parade on Saturday. 

Hundreds of journalists are in North Korea covering the festivities, allowing photographers to capture new images of the country, albeit on official media tours. 

Check out the new images from North Korea below: 

  • A North Korean soldier walks on the road in the newly constructed residential complex after its opening ceremony in Pyongyang
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    A North Korean soldier walks on the road in the newly constructed residential complex after its opening ceremony in Pyongyang, April 13, 2017.
  • Military officers visit the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary of his birth,
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    Military officers visit the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary of his birth, in Mangyongdae, just outside Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • People sweep in front of statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    People sweep in front of statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
  • Children perform a dance and music show during an organized tour of the Childrens Cultural Palace for visiting foreign journa
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    Children perform a dance and music show during an organized tour of the Childrens Cultural Palace for visiting foreign journalists on the outskirts of Pyongyang on April 14, 2017.
  • A railway worker stands in front of escalators at a subway station visited by foreign reporters in central Pyongyang, April 1
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    A railway worker stands in front of escalators at a subway station visited by foreign reporters in central Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives for an opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex iin Pyongyang, Apr
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives for an opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex iin Pyongyang, April 13, 2017.
  • Men in uniforms walk between buildings after the opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex in Pyongyang, Ap
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    Men in uniforms walk between buildings after the opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex in Pyongyang, April 13, 2017.
  • People walk after paying their respects at the statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and the late leader Kim Jong Il
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    People walk after paying their respects at the statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and the late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • A man looks through the foggy window of a tram on a rainy day in central Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    A man looks through the foggy window of a tram on a rainy day in central Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • People leave a subway station visited by foreign reporters, in central Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    People leave a subway station visited by foreign reporters, in central Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • Rain falls as military officers visit the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    Rain falls as military officers visit the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary of his birth, in Mangyongdae, just outside Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • A man rides a bicycle on a rainy day in central Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    A man rides a bicycle on a rainy day in central Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • A guide speaks to military officers visiting the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniv
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    A guide speaks to military officers visiting the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary of his birth, in Mangyongdae just outside Pyongyang, April 14, 2017.
  • Women wearing traditional dresses walk through a newly constructed residential complex after its opening ceremony in Pyongyan
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    Women wearing traditional dresses walk through a newly constructed residential complex after its opening ceremony in Pyongyang, April 13, 2017. j
  • People practice for the parade on the main Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    People practice for the parade on the main Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
  • People chat in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    People chat in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
  • Passengers ride the bus in newly constructed area in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    Passengers ride the bus in newly constructed area in central Pyongyang, April 12, 2017.
  • People check shoes in a shop in a newly constructed residential complex after its opening ceremony in Pyongyang, April 13, 20
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    People check shoes in a shop in a newly constructed residential complex after its opening ceremony in Pyongyang, April 13, 2017.
  • Men ride at the back of a truck in central Pyongyang, April 11, 2017.
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    Men ride at the back of a truck in central Pyongyang, April 11, 2017.
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