North Korean Workers' Party 65th Anniversary Celebration (PHOTOS)

When Associated Press photographer Vincent Yu traveled to North Korea for the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party, his resulting photographs offered a rare peek into one of the world's most mysterious nations.

Given its limited exposure to Western media, North Korea is often associated with political tension and militant strife. Yet the Pyongyang that Yu captured is one that is ready to celebrate, and this year marked not just the anniversary but also the named succession of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il's youngest son. The city's inhabitants are seen enjoying picnics, live performances and even theme park rides.

See Vincent Yu's astonishing photographs here: