spinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1047 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13908 times:
I did a little research earlier this year, and suprisingly you can find several different tour options to visit. The only question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you want to spend money to support the regime in power there.
To stay on topic however, I'm curious what a "busy" day at Pyonyang is like. For some reason I can also imagine a them building a huge terminal that rarely gets used.
Best holiday I've ever been on, if you like history you'd *love* it there.
You get the chance to experience their version of the Korean War (The 'Victorious Fatherland Liberation War' in North Korea)
It's pricey to get there, but once you get in everything's cheap as chips. Koryo Tours are the main tour group taking groups in, but they are also the most overpriced. I have been looking at others for when I go back.
As for busy days in Pyongyang, it's pretty hectic at rush hour. People trotting off to work, crowding into the back of lorries and before that the propaganda trucks with their ear bleedingly loud music and quotes to wake up the proletariat
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PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5530 posts, RR: 5 Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8429 times:
I'm reminded of the Pyongyang subway. Foreign diplomats and other important visitors are taken to see a grandiose station or two (decorated with huge portraits of Kim Il-Sung, of course), modern trains, employees in their impeccable uniforms, and so on. The thing is, there is a strong possibility that the subway is not actually used as a means of transportation, but is merely a showpiece for demonstrating North Korea's progress.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
fly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1001 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7345 times:
Quoting PROSA (Reply 20): The thing is, there is a strong possibility that the subway is not actually used as a means of transportation, but is merely a showpiece for demonstrating North Korea's progress.
And because they are quite deep, I believe one of the deepest underground in the world they are used as bomb sheltars should the day that Korea is forcibly united.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16529 posts, RR: 48 Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7162 times:
Quoting delimit (Reply 8): Given the flag by your name, how are you managing that?!
I think if you have money, they're willing to take it. Unless you're a journalist, and even then they'll probably figure out a way to take your money and make sure you don't see anything that portrays the country in a negative light.
We went in 2010, literally in between the Bishkek and Osh riots. We booked the tickets and the following day the government fell. A month later we had a great visit without problems, and a week after leaving the deadly riots in Osh blew up.
E pur si muove -Galileo
25 SirThomas: Firstly no, the subway couldn't possibly be staged.. I went there last year and people weren't acting, it's just a typical OTT communist Metro.. Look
26 sw733: I am fascinated by North Korea and have been studying books, films, documents, etc. about the place as a hobby for several years now. I have also alw
27 SirThomas: Of course it does, I personally feel that they only use the main few stops because they come out in the best areas. If they were to take you too far
28 Jean Leloup: Part 2 of the vice guide to North Korea ( a great watch overall ) has some video of the metro. It's the last portion of the video, starting at 14:29.
29 OlafW: Hate to disappoint you, but actually this terminal is not fake. It was in use in June this year when I visited the DPRK. Pretty basic, no shops and th
30 malioil: It's a shame. There was a charm about their old terminal, the giant chandelier and the feeling you were just about to board a giant propliner or 707.
31 777way: The old terminal is to reopen next year, its being refurbished according to facebook page, I hope they retain its old world charm.
32 Vasu: Aah... I somehow managed to overlook the fact that this is a temporary terminal! There's hope yet that the charm of the old one might be retained! Hm
33 SirThomas: It's definitely a temporary Terminal, lol The important thing is that they remembered the Kims... Tom