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Pyongyang Metro - Kaeson Station 개선역

Pyongyang, North Korea
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Riding the Pyongyang Metro Pyongyang  North Korea

Riding the Pyongyang Metro

I'm used to taking the E train during rush hour in Manhattan, so subways are nothing special to me. In fact, I try to avoid them at all costs. But in Pyongyang, it's a real treat. It's one of the few places in North Korea where you can be that close to local people and also see them doing one of the dullest activities of the day, commuting. As I often do in NYC, I people watch, see how they pass their time on the train. Last time during my 5-stop journey from Pyongyang's Puheung Station to Kaeson Station, I saw a man dozing off onto the shoulder of a young woman who kept inching away. Another woman engrossed in a book, the pages looking worn and the print faded. Curious kids staring right back at me, and sneaking in a smile as they ran off at their stop. Finding the human moments is the best part of traveling in the DPRK.

Touted to be one of the deepest metros in the world, the stations are ornate with retro chandeliers and propaganda mosaics. Remarkably, it's so far underground that the temperature self-regulates, chilly in the summers and warm in the winters. It's a sight not to be missed the next time you're in North Korea.