• Pyongyang Metro
Elliot Davis, a well-known traveler, continues a series of stories about the everyday life of the mysterious closed countries in the world - North Korea.
"During my visit to North Korea, I was part of the first in the history of authoritarian regime a group of aliens, to gain access to all the stations of the Pyongyang Metro.
This may sound rather trite, but closed before for foreign access the Pyongyang metro - this is one of the most mysterious and therefore very inviting systems in the world. It's like a kind of a small museum, most of the exhibits which were previously hidden from the eyes of strangers and enveloped by various conspiracy theories.
Discard sensationalism aside, this is the story of my journey through the beating heart of Pyongyang, the Pyongyang Metro. "
Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest in the world, is located at a depth of 100 meters by performing additional function shelter in case of nuclear war. The path to the platform takes more than 4 minutes.
Mosaic depicting the celebration of the Workers' Party of North Korea.
Station "Yŏnggwang Station", the second and last stop for most tour groups.
This station "Puhŭng Station", the center of traffic line Chollima. Until 2010, "Puhŭng Station" was one of only two stations, where foreigners, even those who have special permits would be allowed at all. The second station, "Yŏnggwang Station" - next on the line. Both of these stations are considered to be the most luxurious, moreover, they have opened the latter and therefore selected a kind of Potemkin village Korean poshiba.
Portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il hung in each car.
One of the most impressive monuments in Pyongyang Metro. Station "kwangbok station" is immersed in the soft twilight, and lights it only lights the statue of Kim Il Sung in the far corner of the room. Frankly, it looks a little creepy.
Toy Shop at the station "Hvangymbol". We, unfortunately, were not allowed to go inside and take a few photos.
One of the many bronze reliefs at the station "T'ŏngil Station".
Kim Jong Il throughout (surprising, huh?).
Entrance to the station "Yŏnggwang Station".
"Long live the glorious Workers' Party of Korea!" Trains run every 5-7 minutes during rush hour interval is reduced to 2 minutes.
Mosaic "Long live the liberation of women!" To "Chonu" station.
entrance to the station "Puhŭng Station". The inscription on the wall reads: "Long live Kim Jong-un, the Sun of Songun Korea." Songun - state policy of North Korea, the Korean People's Army which sets a priority in all state affairs.
train cars neatly painted on the outside, but inside you will not find a single picture or a scratch. In North Korea, for graffiti and other damage to property intended very severe punishment.
Lovely mural at the station "Hvangymbol".
Sporting achievements in Korean society, too, is at a premium. You may laugh, but meanwhile the largest in the world of spaciousness stadium, Nynnado behalf of the First of May for 150 000 spectators, it is in Pyongyang.