AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

February 16, 2018

In this Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Hyon Song Wol, leader of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra, sings a song during a performance at National Theater in Seoul, South Korea. A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea's president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour, part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw that included some Korean liquor over lunch and the shared joy of watching a "unified" Korea team play hockey at the Olympics. (Bee Jae-man/Yonhap via AP, File)

An orchestra from North Korea performed at the National Theater in Seoul as part of a rapprochement between the rivals during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

It also included a rare visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who was received by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Conservatives in South Korea protested the visit by the North Korean delegation.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, an Indian man dressed as Hindu goddess Kali performed a fire act during a procession to mark a religious festival.

Thousands of students and faculty from the Catholic-run St. Scholastica’s College in the Philippine capital danced en masse on Valentine’s Day to press their call for an end to violence against women and children.


This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Toru Takahashi in Tokyo.


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