The scene of everyday life in North Korea is as varied as it is mysterious. Since establishing a full-time text, photo and video bureau in the country in early 2012, AP has used its unmatched access to the North to gather stories and imagery from a place few outsiders will ever have a chance to see with their own eyes. Here’s a sampling of AP’s exclusive coverage of North Korea.

PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets spectators during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang on July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)