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Old December 26th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #1
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[KP] North Korea | road infrastructure

Well, this should be interesting.

North Korea is one of the darkest countries on earth. Little is known about the country or what goes on within it's borders.

It's highways are also very interesting.

While South Korea has turned into a free, democratic and very prosperous country, North Korea remains shrouded in communism and totalitarianism.

A 1999 estimate gives North Korea highways the data of:

total: 31,200 km
paved: 1,997 km
unpaved: 29,203 km (1999 est.)

Cars are almost non-existent in the country as well. Everyone takes public transportation, bikes, or walks.

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Fuel constraints and the near absence of private automobiles have relegated road transportation to a secondary role. The road network was estimated between 23,000 and 30,000 kilometers in 1990, of which only 1,717 kilometers--7.5 percent--are paved; the rest are of dirt, crushed stone, or gravel, and are poorly maintained. There are three major multilane highways: a 200-kilometer expressway connecting P'yongyang and Wonsan on the east coast, a forty-three-kilometer expressway connecting P'yongyang and its port, Namp'o, and a four-lane 100- kilometer highway linking P'yongyang and Kaesong. The overwhelming majority of the estimated 264,000 vehicles in use in 1990 were for the military. Rural bus service connects all villages, and cities have bus and tram services.
Very few pictures of highways exist, but from what I gather this is what most motorways look like:

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Ghost Highways

North Korea is a land of vast motorways, some with as many as 10 lanes. But they are always empty. Very few people own cars.

Pedestrians and cyclists zig-zag across them as they are so unused to traffic.

But even though these roads host few vehicles, they are beautifully tended. Every Sunday, the people who live close by can be seen dusting down the gutter and pruning the shrubs on the road. Some might be visible in the distance here.





There are 10 lane cross sections of highways that cross the country but yet, are rarely driven on, as seen above.

One more thing. follow this highway to the southwest (moving the map following the highway down to the left)
Count the cars you see, and how many lanes.
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...&t=h&z=16&om=1

That's really all i can tell you. I've come kind of interested in the country, scary as what it can be from what I've heard. So dark, so many unknowns.

EDIT: jkjkjk posted a great link to a blog post on the facts..lots of great pictures there:
http://marcnorthkorea.blogspot.com/2...pyongyang.html

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Old December 26th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #2
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pretty interesting stuff. some of the highways look like landing strips for planes.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #3
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I always get the creeps seeing pics of this dark country.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 12:13 AM   #4
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It never feels so good to be an European than after seeing pics/reading infos about North Korea.

At least when (if!!!) they transition to democracy, they won't have problems with traffic jams and these monsters should be easily upgradable to modern freeways (there is plenty of space).
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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:17 AM   #5
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Well,at least you can race fast with your bike on those "motorways"...I always wanted to roll down on a many km's long (empty)slope.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #6
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At least their air is not that polluted like our's by cars
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:27 PM   #7
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At least their air is not that polluted like our's by cars
There is also no light polution:



North Korea must be paradise...
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:28 PM   #8
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Very wide ''motorway'' on last pic
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Old December 27th, 2007, 10:40 PM   #9
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I watched in a doccumentary several people sweeping the highways with brooms in North Korea. They could clean it without problem because no car had crossed that highway in hours. It seems it is a typical punishment there, and you know it's pretty easy to get punished there.

Amazing pics though.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 11:57 AM   #10
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I doubt, that cleaning motorway is punishment. Maybe they just work for their Great leader and they are proud to live nearby great motorway.

It may sound funny to us, but you need to know, that they live in a completely different world. 1984.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #11
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Something like countries of Eastern Europe in era of stalinism...
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Old December 28th, 2007, 01:48 PM   #12
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wow.........those highways are stunning!!
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Old December 28th, 2007, 02:00 PM   #13
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Something like countries of Eastern Europe in era of stalinism...
Worse. Those people's minds are brainwashed completely. Brainwashing takes place already 50 or 60 years and there is literally no information from outside available to people. People don't know, how world outside theirs looks like.

It was similar in some EE countries under stalinism, but not to that extent and especially not so long.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 02:35 PM   #14
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So for those people North Korea can be a real paradise...
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Old December 28th, 2007, 03:58 PM   #15
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Some more pics:








check also this blog post:
http://marcnorthkorea.blogspot.com/2...pyongyang.html
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Old December 28th, 2007, 04:04 PM   #16
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Hmmm, trafic seems to be not big... Crap, no paint
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Old December 28th, 2007, 04:06 PM   #17
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Oh, man! All country looks so abandoned!
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Old December 28th, 2007, 04:41 PM   #18
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Must get a very boring for the traffic police! The one in the top small photo posted by jkjkjk actually looks a little forlorn, I guess at least they don't get exposed to pollution.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 04:52 PM   #19
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I guess at least they don't get exposed to pollution.
You don't know, cars are not the only source of pollution. And what about neighboring industrialized China and South Korea? Pollution doesn't have to pass customs...
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Very interesting.
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