See the guys with the camera to the left in the left-hand pic? Gone in the right-hand one.
Yeah, big deal. Commies manipulate photographs. Tell me something I didn't know.
But take a closer look:
What are those ovoid things lining the street?
I think the answer can be found in this 2009 snippet from official Nork news agency KCNA (second bullet point):
A music and dance performance was given by artistes of the Ryanggang Provincial Art Troupe at the Taehongdan County Cultural Hall on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of leader Kim Jong Il's famous work "On Bringing about a Signal Turn in Potato Farming". . . .Trofim Lysenko was right!
Update: Could be I'm overthinking this, of course. Maybe they're just the pods the N. Korean government has been hatching mourners out of.