According to Guttenfelder, there's a huge priority on performing arts for young children in North Korea. In this photo, a kindergarten student prepares to put on a play of a popular children's fable.
12 Photos Show a Side of North Korea You Haven't Seen
David Guttenfelder's award-winning photographs show how sports and recreation are a part of daily life in North Korea.
Photographer David Guttenfelder is one of the few westerners who has spent extensive time in North Korea. He first began traveling to the isolated country in 2000, and he helped open the Associated Press Bureau in Pyongyang in 2012. Over the years, he's noticed a cultural change in the capital city. It's a change that's come on wheels.
"Rollerblading and North Korea—you wouldn't associate those two things."
Guttenfelder says since Kim Jong-un took over as supreme leader in 2011, there has been a push to bring Pyongyang up to international standards. And a key part of that push has been an emphasis on athleticism and recreation. That means rollerblades.
"I can't count the number of rollerblading locations there are in the