Pyongyang Metro

The world doesn’t want to admit it, but the DPRK has the bragging rights to having the world’s deepest subway system. Imagine having to ride an escalator 110 meters down for almost 4 minutes before you even reach the platform, with revolutionary anthems blasting at you via outdated loudspeakers on the way down. Now add that to your daily commute, mundane and exotic. The metro transports 300-700,000 people a day up to 35km, from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and they feel completely safe while riding, because these are German made passenger trains, and the entire subway system doubles as a nuclear bomb shelter. One of the cheapest systems in the world too, the residents of Pyongyang enjoy this world class system for less than 1 US cent a ticket. Only recently have foreigners been allowed on the metro, you can be among the first to check out the 16 stations modeled after revolutionary themes such as: Comrade, Prosperity, Red Star, and Victory. The legendary Korean politeness shines through in these polished stations too, you may even get offered a seat on a crowded cab just because you are a foreigner. The two lines that span the city essentially act as a stop-and-go art gallery tour, with murals spanning up to 80 meters, of course there is no shortage of portraits and statues of the Great Leaders. Make sure to keep your eyes open as you navigate through the subway, rumor has it there is a third line somewhere around here…