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Old October 25th, 2008, 09:43 AM   #61
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wow after reading part 7 I can say one thing: what a pain in the a** to get in north Korea

but absolutely love the report
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Old October 25th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #62
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Great trip! I'm actually surprised to see the Russian railways so developed and electrified
And part 4 and part 5 are the same
The Trans-Siberian railway is exceptionally well maintained since it's one of the most important railway lines in Russia. Railways in general are in a pretty bad shape.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #63
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I see, I heard about railways being in a bad shape in Russia, so that's why I was surprised
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Old October 25th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #64
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Hmm, I surprised what do you call a bad shape? All major lines in Russia are mostly electrified and maintained not worse then the Trans-Siberian line.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 07:39 PM   #65
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i've just spent 4 hours watching this travelogue with GE turned on and some time wikipedia too
damn this trip is awesome and definitely would love to travel there... maybe situation will improve in DPRK in few years...

and at the end of part 7 there is PS for those who are planning this to repeat:

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Alltough we succesfully entered North Korea via Tumangan, we were later via e-mail told by our travel agency, that our trip caused serious troubles at KITC (the governmental "Korean International Tourist Company") and that they have enforced new regulations to avoid any not agreed (with KITC) entry via Tumangan in future.
I can therefore - untill KITC officially accepts this border point for tourists - not recommend to repeat what we did, as trying to do so might end up with another result...
so i'm considering to wait for some better times for travel
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Old October 27th, 2008, 01:52 PM   #66
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The last two parts are up:

Part 8a: Kilchu - Pyongyang (1/2)

Part 8b: Kilchu - Pyongyang (2/2)
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Old October 27th, 2008, 03:48 PM   #67
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yep.... currently reading and not working
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Old October 27th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #68
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It's quite funny (and sad) to see that all railway stations almost look the same and that all have a big poster of a laughing Kim Jong Il.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #69
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Kim Il Sung is on the pictures his beloved father

Kim Jong Il is just maintaining his Juche ideology with a little bit help from Songun policy...

this last part was absolutely stunning for me... few years back i googled everything i could find about DPRK cause it was so mysterious to me...
when i was reading i was surprised they are going to that border crossing cause tourists aren't allowed there... and in his story he does say how soldiers were stunned to see anyone else but those local people... i can imagine they haven't seen no one else in their life... very strange feeling i think...

in one part he says, they travel 280kms for 10 hours... a trip of some 600kms lasts whole day... that must be an remarkable experience...

in a land with massive fuel shortage, with floods every year and millions dying of famine, i can only hope that people will survive to see better days...
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Wow, what a great journey. Don't know what to say except that I am in awe.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 03:40 PM   #71
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Awesome journey. I'm surprised at the low feedback on that forum.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 05:42 PM   #72
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hmm i was thinking that too... but topic is located in international section and as i see most of users are from USA... so could be very little people saw it...


btw... i found information about a trip to DPRK

http://www.korea-dpr.com/kfa2007/regist-RT0209.htm

it's a little bit pro-korean... so i assume it's not for everyone... but they are offering much much more than standard tourist agencies...
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Old October 29th, 2008, 12:40 AM   #73
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Old October 29th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #74
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Yes, it's such an interesting country, I read most travel reports I can find on the internet to get a good idea of the country. But that's almost impossible.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #75
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I really enjoyed their reports. Me and my friends are for some time planning to go to Vladivostok by train. But North Korea? I wouldnt even think about it. These men are my heroes
My brother was this summer in demilitarized zone in South Korea and told me, that not a single tourist would be able to just reach the border
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well DMZ is called that way cause it's a belt of no-man's land... from that side you can't possible get near NKorea border... there was an incident few months earlier when one woman got close to the fence and KPA shot her... there are news reports somewhere on internet...

i've read somewhere that they tested the old rail between two Koreas... and now seem rail is operating but only for cargo transport to Kaesong Industrial Park... according to Wikipedia, transport is very very low, 150 out of 163 return trips that had been done so far, the train carried no cargo at all...
i'm sure when all that regime ends, Korea will be connected by rail and highway as well...

regular tourist borders are at PyongYang airport and Chinese-Korean railway bridge called Friendship...
i think i would also travel there for sure... but i'm just too curious to stay only on designated routes... lol... they probably would end up searching me through PY somewhere

@vlker... man, if you're going to VV, then it's a shame not to go to Korea i would choose somewhat different solution... train from Moscow to Beijing and from there train to PY...
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Old October 29th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #77
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That's not entirely true. As a tourist you can visit Panmunjon from both the north and south side. There were tourist resorts in the north accessible from the south, but then Kim Jong Il decided to close it some time ago.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 12:29 AM   #78
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@vlker... man, if you're going to VV, then it's a shame not to go to Korea i would choose somewhat different solution... train from Moscow to Beijing and from there train to PY...
You know...that´s just plans, next summer we decided to go to Pripyat - Ukraine and maybe Belarus. Vladivostok must wait
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You know...that´s just plans, next summer we decided to go to Pripyat - Ukraine and maybe Belarus. Vladivostok must wait
wow... i wanna go to Pripyat too but my friends don't even wanna hear about that option...
if you plan something out, call me... i definitely would love to see it...
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Pripyat? Are you crazy?
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