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Old December 29th, 2007, 01:17 AM   #21
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out of interest why were they built so broad if there are scarecely any cars ?
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Old December 29th, 2007, 02:52 PM   #22
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Because they wanted to impress foreigners...
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Old December 29th, 2007, 03:00 PM   #23
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....of course!!! Communists pretend to be fair with the division of money produced in their country....but in fact only a small minority lives wealthy and this minority tries to convince the rest world that their country is developed!!! Oh my God!!!!......
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Old December 29th, 2007, 03:00 PM   #24
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woot ! is this really north korea ? so amazing.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 03:02 PM   #25
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out of interest why were they built so broad if there are scarecely any cars ?
for movement of army, in case of capitalist attack from the south!
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Old December 29th, 2007, 03:18 PM   #26
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Fascinating country! Like travelling back in time.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 08:33 AM   #27
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I really love North Korea. It's just so mysterious. It does boggle the mind that I have encountered people on message boards who will defend the place. Amazing.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 08:38 AM   #28
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I wish I could get a car and freely explore North Korea. Visit the palaces, the death camps, eat fine North Korean cuisine and see the absolute worst parts of DPRK. I doubt as a U.S. citizen I could even get on one of those tours they have.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #29
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Old January 5th, 2008, 09:26 AM   #30
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Something like countries of Eastern Europe in era of stalinism...
Except we never had 10 lane highways. More like 2 lane peices of crap.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #31
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This is the "Unification Highway" which extends from Pyongyang to the DMZ and was built in the early nineties. Interesting fact is that most major highways and highrise projects in North Korea were built in the late 80s and and early 90s, when the economy was going down the tubes. I guess you don't really need to have a strong growing economy to have a construction boom.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 09:49 AM   #32
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Except we never had 10 lane highways. More like 2 lane peices of crap.
I think these nice pictures we see of North Korea are pictures that are authorized to leave the country. The rest of the country probably looks pretty awful, maybe except for the neighborhoods where leaders of cities and other privileged people live because you know government officials, soldiers, guards, and the hottest North Korean women are living the good life.

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Old January 5th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #33
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I once saw this picture showcase made by some Russian who walked around with communist t-shirts. They showed the real North Korea, with all those slums (which are also visible on GE) and rural shanty towns.

You usually only see those apartment buildings, but check this kind of stuff;







If the pics dont work check here
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Old January 5th, 2008, 02:23 PM   #34
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@Czas na Żywiec, I meant political system And to be honest, there would be no point in building 10 lanes freeway in Poland, in 70' or 80' for example
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Old January 5th, 2008, 10:59 PM   #35
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@Czas na Żywiec, I meant political system
Our Eastern-European political systems before 1989 were the apogee of democracy compared to what those people have to put up with...

Our parents could listen to Radio Free Europe, in North Korea they send to the torture camps all those who tamper with their radios or TV's (pre-set to receive just the official national station). Those people's lives are controlled down to the tiniest detail, no revolution like those in 1989 can possibly start there.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 12:48 AM   #36
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I once saw this picture showcase made by some Russian who walked around with communist t-shirts. They showed the real North Korea, with all those slums (which are also visible on GE) and rural shanty towns.

If the pics dont work check here
For better experience you can use Google Translatorhttp://translate.google.com/translat...&hl=en&ie=UTF8
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Old January 6th, 2008, 12:16 PM   #37
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For better experience you can use Google Translatorhttp://translate.google.com/translat...&hl=en&ie=UTF8

... where you can find even picture of freeway interchange:
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Old January 6th, 2008, 01:47 PM   #38
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You usually only see those apartment buildings, but check this kind of stuff;
Hard to tell some "privileged" people could live there.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 06:48 PM   #39
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Some more pics:
I think that I found this glorious monument to the achievements, caring and generosity of the Great and Dear Leaders (pan north to see the commieblocks in the background, it straddles the Pyongyang end of the Reunification Highway):

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...&t=h&z=18&om=0

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Fascinating. One thing that I wished that I could have been able to do was to spend a couple of months aimlessly exploring the former East Germany and so forth shortly after The Wall fell in 1989.

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Old January 6th, 2008, 07:24 PM   #40
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... and the hottest North Korean women are living the good life.
That is good that the hottest women are always living the good life in all societies.
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