The Architecture + Color Palette of North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea “stretches out beneath you as a pastel-colored panorama,” Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright observed from the 70th floor of the 500-foot-high Tower of the Juche Idea. This, and many other surprising discoveries are revealed in Wainwright’s new book, “Inside North Korea,” published by Taschen. In addition to his analytical text, the book includes photography taken by Wainwright. It all helps to build …

A New Museum Opens in Cambodia, Created in North Korea

In Siem Reap, Cambodia, a new museum, called the Angkor Panorama Museum recently opened. It features dizzying displays of grandiose artworks, including a 360-degree painted mural of a 12th-century Angkorian battle. But almost the entire museum—and the artwork inside—was conceived in North Korea and by one of their largest art studios, Mansudae. Head to the New York Times for look inside the new space, and …

North Korean Interiors That Look Like Wes Anderson Sets

On a recent trip to North Korea, writer and photographer Oliver Wainwright noticed a common theme amongst the country’s interiors: they all looked very similar to Wes Anderson set designs. He decided to document the spaces, posting photos of their pastel colors, visual symmetry and retro detailing on a Tumblr page called North Korean Interiors. Head to High Snobiety to take a look at the …