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Lawn care in North Korea: a serious business

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Workers tend to grass on a lawn at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun mausoleum in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 25, 2013.

At first glance it seems like a task worthy of Hercules -- manicuring lawns the size of a football field with a pair of tweezers. And not just any lawns. These make up the gardens of one of the most sacred sites in North Korea -- the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, which hosts the embalmed bodies of the nation's founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il.


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.