. North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the world. Itdoes not allow many foreign visitors to enter the country and, even when it gives visa, it monitors their every moment. These restrictions mean the outside world still hasn't seen much of the country - until now, that is. German architect Philip Meuser provides a rare and spectacular view of the secretive nation in his book, Architectural and Cultural Guide Pyongyang . Let's take a look at this hidden and mysterious country.. . A view of government buildings on Kim Il Sung Square, a common gathering place for military parades and rallies. The Grand Monument on Mansu Hill centres around a giant bronzestatue of Kim Il Sung. The red torch is the tip of the Juche Tower. The concept of 'juche', meaning 'self-reliant', is a guiding ideology in North Korea. The Grand People's Study House, situated along Taedong River, is Pyongyang's main library. A view from the Grand People's Study House across Kim Il-sung Square (the Juche tower is across the water). The Party Foundation Monument consists of a hammer, a sickle and a writing brush to represent workers, farmers and intellectuals, respectively. The Arch of Reunification shows two women holding a map of an undivided North Korea.