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Synchronized hula-hooping in North Korea

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North Korean women jump through hula hoops during the opening night of the "Arirang" mass games performance at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium on July 22, 2013. This year's performance was timed to debut for the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

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Performers participate in the Arirang mass games in Pyongyang, July 22, 2013.

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Thousands of North Koreans turn colored cards to create an image of the Unha-3 rocket that North Korea successfully launched in December of 2012 during the opening night of the Arirang mass games at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium, July 22, 2013.

As chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press, David Guttenfelder has had unprecedented access to communist North Korea. Here's a rare look at daily life in the secretive country.

Massive state-sponsored entertainment is drawing tourists and locals alike to the Arirang Festival in Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium. The festival which features over a hundred thousand performers for each of the four weekly shows, runs through Sept. 9.  This year’s spectacle was timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and features new works focusing on leader Kim Jong Un’s policies.