North Korean soldier. The Korean People's Army (KPA), also known as the People's Army, are the military forces of North Korea. The KPA consists of five branches, Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, the Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Special Operation Force. Also, the Worker-Peasant Red Guards come under control of the KPA. Photographer: Eric Lafforgue
Empress Myeongseong (19 October 1851–8 October 1895), also known as Queen Min, was the first wife of King Gojong, the 26th king of the Joseon dynasty of Korea. At the age of 16 she was married to the 15 year old King. Instead of being the demure queen expected of her, she was assertive and ambitious. She gave up many of the royal functions, and instead read books reserved for men only, teaching herself philosophy, history, science, politics and religion.