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Old November 16th, 2007, 06:16 AM   #41
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Pyongyang Subway



Looks like they got a bigger metro system than I thought. Wonder how many passengers they would carry though.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 06:37 AM   #42
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There are rumours that a parallel subway for the party leadership exists in case of nuclear war. But of course the same can be said about Moscow and Beijing. It's really strange they even have a subway.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 07:03 AM   #43
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naming stations not after their locations.............sighz...................
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Old November 16th, 2007, 07:25 AM   #44
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Looks more extensive than Toronto's subway...
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Old November 16th, 2007, 07:37 AM   #45
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The total length of Pyong Yang metro is 22.5 km, with 17 stations, all underground.

Toronto metro total length: 70 km (52 km underground, 8 km elevated, 10 km ground level)

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Old November 16th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #46
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Looks more extensive than Toronto's subway...
I think thats because you added the purple line which is a supposedly planned line so it looks more extensive.

The map looks nice, far nicer than those pyongyang subway maps you see online and in photos.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 08:17 AM   #47
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Old November 16th, 2007, 09:24 AM   #48
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There are rumours that a parallel subway for the party leadership exists in case of nuclear war. But of course the same can be said about Moscow and Beijing. It's really strange they even have a subway.
Lots of former Soviet cities have metros for some reason...communist countries too.
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Old November 17th, 2007, 05:53 PM   #49
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Who made the map? I'm scratching my head at the simultaneous presence of both Hangul and Hanza (Chinese characters)... as far as I know, North Koreans use ONLY Hangul, and South Koreans almost never use Hanza either. I can't really imagine it being made by a company from China, either, because North Korea is too poor to pay a private company to do that kind of project, and the relationship between the governments of North Korea and China can be "nicely" described as "frigid fatigue" (China doesn't want North Korea's government to collapse and cause even MORE problems for China, but feels like it's been dumping money into a black hole that will never amount to anything until Kim Jong Il is replaced by someone sane and responsible).

(blushing). OK I went back and looked at the map again. Now I can see that the Chinese characters aren't mixed in with Hangul, they come after it... so I'm guessing the map is showing the station names in Korean, Chinese, and English (though some of the stations seem to have names ONLY in Korean and English). So much for posting while eating breakfast before the caffeine kicks in...

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Old November 17th, 2007, 06:04 PM   #50
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Seoul and Busan subway stations also have Chinese characters :







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Old November 18th, 2007, 03:25 PM   #51
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Who made the map?
A Japanese railfan. He's put his name at the bottom.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 01:02 AM   #52
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Lots of former Soviet cities have metros for some reason...communist countries too.
For some reason? Why wouldn't they?
Isn't it great that those cities have metros?
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Old November 19th, 2007, 08:24 PM   #53
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I never said it wasn't a bad thing.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 02:33 AM   #54
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But you implied that they wouldn't (or shouldn't) have metro systems, no? "For some reason"? Is it hard to believe?
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Old November 20th, 2007, 04:28 AM   #55
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Uh, no I didn't. I just said that Soviet and communist nations seem to have metros. You're reading too into this.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 04:29 AM   #56
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The main public reason that so many soviet cities have metro systems, even when they aren't really necessary in terms of the movement of traffic, is because of the fundamental differences in thinking on public works that exist between socialist(ish) society and capitalist ones. It's the same reason why, more or less, Copenhagen built a unecessarily expensive and grandiose metro (when a much cheaper system would have served the needs of commuters just as easily) and yet Milwaukee can't even get a bare bones tram line or commuter rail system built.
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Old November 25th, 2007, 04:36 AM   #57
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I wonder if these extensions are awaiting the same funding as the Ryungong Hotel?
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Old November 25th, 2007, 07:33 AM   #58
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I'm surprised to find Chinese characters in S.Korean signs.
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Old November 25th, 2007, 07:39 AM   #59
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The Korean language itself is actually very young. They used to use Chinese characters, and even in the older palaces in Seoul, the Chinese signs remain to this day.





In fact, I find some of their place name pronounciations in Korean very similar to Cantonese (historians have argued that old Chinese sounded more like a southerly dialect than Mandarin).
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