It sure LOOKS like a fun place to be! North Korean charm offensive shows country as the leisure capital of the world
- Pictures released by the North Korean state press agency show locals having fun at theme parks and swimming pools
- Authorities have introduced a new 'leisure drive' in a bid to 'energise and mobilise' the country's populace
- But many of the pictures still show the sinister shadow of the country's military lurking in the background
By Steve Nolan
Carefree and beaming with joy as they make their way around the lazy rapids sat on an inflatable ring, these two young girls look like they are having the time of their lives at the water park.
With high colorful slides towering above the horizon in the background, it could be a scene from any thronged tourist attraction on a holiday island in Greece or Spain.
The sinister presence of soldiers dressed in full military regalia lurking around in the background is the only giveaway that this is in fact North Korea - a land not exactly renowned for it's laid back, fun-filled atmosphere.
The pictures - released by a state news agency - are the latest attempt by Kim Jong Un's propaganda machine to convince the rest of the world that the secretive communist state is a wonderful place to live.
Having a ball: Smartly dressed spectators gather on a bridge and watch three swimmers frolic with inflatables at a water park in Pyongyang
A fun place to live: North Korean soldiers play an arcade game at the Pyongyang Pleasure park
Sit back and relax: A group of North Koreans don't look entirely comfortable as they watch a 3D film at the Rungna People's Pleasure Park in Pyongyang