Jun 11, 2018 - World

Kim Jong-un surprises Singapore with a night time stroll

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walking with bodyguards

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walking with bodyguards. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Ahead of his meeting with President Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un surprised the people of Singapore with a public late night stroll.

The big picture: The dictator, known for extensive human rights abuses at home, received cheers from assembled crowds hoping to catch a glimpse of him as he walked through the modern metropolis. The stop in Singapore is just Kim's third trip abroad as North Korea's leader — with two trips to China earlier this year in order to prep for tomorrow's summit.

From Singapore's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishan:

Kim Jong-un takes a selfie with Singapore Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishan. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Kim Jong-un among bodyguards
Kim Jong-un standing amongst his bodyguards, who are wearing red pins with both his and his father's symbols on them. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Crowds wait for Kim Jong-un to enter the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images
Kim Jong-un exploring Marina bay
Kim Jong-un exploring Singapore's Marina Bay. Photo: Chris Jung/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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