Visiting Pyongyang Metro is an important part of the guided tour. As with many other communist socialist countries I have visited, Pyongyang too has an elaborately artful metro, something the country is both proud and protective about.
Underground metro in many communist countries were used as bomb shelters and therefore still can’t be photographed. In Pyongyang however, it serves as an important tourist spot.
The Pyongyang Metro is the deepest metro system in the world at 110 metres and it doubles as a nuclear bunker. It takes almost four minutes to reach the train platforms and the hallways have been built with thick steel blast doors.
Once inside, mosaic art depicting ideologies of “socialist realism” adorn its walls and hallways. The common man is the hero, and images of him contributing to building the Utopian state through industry and labour can be seen on wall murals. The smiling pictures of the great leaders are omnipresent.
Hand-me-down subway cars from Berlin were bought by North Korea back in 1999. There are newer trains built in the DPRK – thanks to the country’s belief in Juche, and my guides were excited to share the news with us that we will be riding them. I, of course, was waiting to ride the old Berliner.
A photo journey of my trip to one of the most lavish underground stations is as below.