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About a year ago, Jacob Laukaitis ventured out to North Korea on a 7-day guided tour — because that’s how you have to visit North Korea. He couldn’t explore on his own. He felt confined and it wasn’t how he was used to traveling.

He said, “North Koreas was definitely the weirdest country I had ever visited and during my time there I kept wondering what life was like in the neighboring South Korea.”

Just 60 years ago, there wasn’t a north and south, but rather, just Korea.

These pictures show a side by side comparison of what the two countries look like today — and it’s stark!

You can follow Jacob on Instagram and YouTube for more of his adventures.

Tip: Drag the slider on the image to reveal the entire scene.

#1 Free time

#2 Teenager life

#3 Parking lots

#4 Street views

#5 Countryside

#6 University life

#7 Train station

Here’s a video of his trip that goes into more detail than the photos.

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