Take a Ride on the Mysterious Pyongyang Metro in North Korea


The Pyongyang Metro is the deepest in the world, buried 100 meters below the surface, which means it conveniently doubles as a nuclear bunker. It mostly operates on the west bank of Pyongyang with 17 stops on two lines. It was first opened in 1973, and the last station was added to line 1 in 1987. Before 2010 tourists were only allowed to travel between Puhŭng Station and Yŏnggwang Station, sparking a conspiracy theory that the two stations comprised the entire system. Here’s a rare glance into the underground life of the North Korean capital.

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Entering the Pyongyang Metro. Image credit: Kristoferb
Staff in a military-style uniform. Image credit: Laika ac
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Going down the escalator. Image credit: Topolinochamp
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Escalator guard.
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Image credit: Roman Bansen
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Former East German trains are used throughout the Pyongyang Metro. Image credit: Shôn Ellerton
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Mosaic in Pyongyang Metro. Image credit: TBC
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North Koreans riding the Pyongyang Metro in 2012. The portraits above the door are of former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Image credit: Nicor
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Sitting in the dark. Image credit: Uri Tours
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Image credit: Gilad Rom
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Mosaic in Pyongyang Metro. Image credit: Uri Tours
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Puhŭng Station. Image credit: Topolinochamp
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Public newspaper reading stand in Pyongyang metro. Image credit: Roman Bansen
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A statue of Kim Il-sung at Kaesŏn Station. Image credit: Clay Gilliland
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Kaeson station. Image credit: Kounosu
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Rush hour in Pyongyang Metro. Image credit: Gilad Rom
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Chandelier at Yŏnggwang Station. Image credit: Topolinochamp
Ponghwa Station. Pyongyang Metro, North Korea
Ponghwa Station. Image credit: (stephan)
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Building of Pulgunbyol station. Image credit: Kounosu
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Pyongyang Metro map at Kaesŏn Station. Image credit: Topolinochamp

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