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Pyongyang Airport Gets New Terminal  
User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 17549 times:

A temporary new facility while the old one is going through major refurbishment to reopen next year.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...265975.204108583978&type=1&theater

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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6293 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 17562 times:

Looks nice...also kinda looks fake...

User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1009 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 17550 times:

Wait a minute, wait a minute...Air Koryo has a Facebook page?

User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17278 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 17458 times:

Perfect timing for my trip in September!


E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineAirCanadaA330 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 16839 times:
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Quoting AVLAirlineFreq (Reply 2):
Wait a minute, wait a minute...Air Koryo has a Facebook page?

haha yeah...wonder whats next.....Air Koryo starting flights to LAX?



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User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 16775 times:

Oh yes, this opened a month or so ago...

Way too modern for my liking, I loved the communist chic of the main one (which apparently has it's days numbered).

My friend is visiting in September, so I'm hoping for a few shots of the inside. I guess it can only improve the painful speed of the old immigration! 
Can't wait to revisit sometime in the Winter..

@Maverick: Which tour are you off on?

Tom



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User currently offlinedelimit From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1496 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 16588 times:

Quoting SirThomas (Reply 5):
@Maverick: Which tour are you off on?

I'm guessing that was sarcasm.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17278 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 16252 times:

Quoting SirThomas (Reply 5):
@Maverick: Which tour are you off on?

Not totally sure--my friend is sorta setting it up. It's about a ten day tour.

Quoting delimit (Reply 6):
I'm guessing that was sarcasm.

No it's real!



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlinedelimit From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1496 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 16087 times:

Crap, really? Given the flag by your name, how are you managing that?!

User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15807 times:

$5 says NK tell it's people it's the biggest and best terminal in the world.


Go big or go home
User currently offlinetharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15181 times:

Quoting delimit (Reply 8):
Crap, really? Given the flag by your name, how are you managing that?!

Americans can go, too. You might be heavily controlled or chaperoned while you're there, but American tourists have managed to go.


User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 14421 times:

Quoting delimit (Reply 6):
I'm guessing that was sarcasm.

No... lol?  

I went on a tour last August.
American's have no issues visiting now, the friend I mentioned came with me last year on an 11 day tour. Yanks could previously only visit for 4 days.

And I hope it all goes to plan Maverick, it's a stunning country.
Ohh, and the Pyongyang Traffic Girls!.. 

Tom



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User currently offlinevaustralie From Australia, joined Jul 2010, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 14360 times:

Quoting SirThomas (Reply 11):
I went on a tour last August.

How is it? I'm thinking of going when I finish school 

I actually really like the new terminal. I always thought the old one was a bit.. well it had character.



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User currently offlinespinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 14302 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.


User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 14195 times:

Quoting vaustralie (Reply 12):
How is it? I'm thinking of going when I finish school

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  

Tom



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User currently offlinecschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12858 times:

Quoting AVLAirlineFreq (Reply 2):
Air Koryo has a Facebook page?

This was discussed in another thread a while back. IIRC, it was some enthusiast or similar in a country other than North Korea who set it up.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26338 posts, RR: 76
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11346 times:

Maverick is finally getting his Personality Cult tour. When you going to Kyrgystan?

Quoting delimit (Reply 8):
Crap, really? Given the flag by your name, how are you managing that?!

Its not that hard. The North Koreans love hard currency.

Quoting spinkid (Reply 13):
For some reason I can also imagine a them building a huge terminal that rarely gets used.

I'm guessing it is specifically for the tourists to get a nice impression.



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User currently offlinedelimit From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1496 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8894 times:

Wow who knew? I was under the impression Americans were forbidden. Neat! I would love to go!

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5625 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8823 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.


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User currently offlinea300 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8499 times:
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Quoting SirThomas (Reply 14):
Best holiday I've ever been on, if you like history you'd *love* it there.

Couldn't agree more. Flying an IL-62M was also a bonus!



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User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 560 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8333 times:

Am I the only one who think it looks kinda fake? I can't put my finger on it, but it's like something's not all there ...


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8327 times:

Only who someone who visits the place can confirm that.

User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7968 times:

Quoting a300 (Reply 21):
Couldn't agree more. Flying an IL-62M was also a bonus!

I'm still grieving after missing the IL-62 for a 204!    - And now it's only on standby for when the Tupolevs go tech!
I fear my last chance to fly it is gone...

Quoting AA94 (Reply 22):
Am I the only one who think it looks kinda fake?

Yeah sure, most of it's for show... Anything snazzy is for the tourists  

Tom



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User currently offlinefly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7739 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.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17278 posts, RR: 46
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7556 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.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 16):
When you going to Kyrgystan?

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.



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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 Post contains images 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 Post contains images 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 Post contains links 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 Post contains images SirThomas : It's definitely a temporary Terminal, lol The important thing is that they remembered the Kims... Tom
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