Travelling on the highways in North Korea is a great experience, as it allows us to see the daily life of the country not controlled by the government like in Pyongyang. The highways connect the main towns of the counties and are totally car-free. This creates a very strange atmosphere since the roads are as large as airstrips, however in poor conditions with numerous bumpings and holes.


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Everything is planned when you visit North Korea, even the bathrooms stops! According to the guide, it is too dangerous to stop on the highway to make a pee!

Some shops in the middle of nowhere welcome you with a relaxing moment where once again, you’ll be reading some propaganda on the walls. It will also allow your driver to buy cheap soju (rice alcohol) that they drink like Red Bulls but with different side effects!

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#1 Busy Day On The Highway...

Busy Day On The Highway...

Me: Can we make a bathroom stop? My guide: No, it is too dangerous to stop on the highway. Me: But we haven’t seen any cars for an hour!! My guide: A stop is scheduled at half way!

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Sreejith 3 weeks ago

one should get a taxi to cross the road !!!

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#5 The Trips On The Highways Allow Us To See The Reality Of The Countryside, And The Lack Of Development. It Seems Time Has Frozen In The 50s

The Trips On The Highways Allow Us To See The Reality Of The Countryside, And The Lack Of Development. It Seems Time Has Frozen In The 50s

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The Cappy 3 weeks ago

Fascinating. But I think "frozen time" is not the proper image here. Otherwise this would look new, just from the 50s. This is stagnation, neglect, and decay.

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#6 The Highways Are So Large That Even Planes Could Land On Them

The Highways Are So Large That Even Planes Could Land On Them

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J.B. 3 weeks ago

Like the German Autobahn, it's designed that way so that the military can move planes and tanks comes a war.

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#7 There Are No Tolls In North Korea, But You Cannot Leave Pyongyang Without A Special Authorization

There Are No Tolls In North Korea, But You Cannot Leave Pyongyang Without A Special Authorization

Even for local people. The lack of public transportation is reducing the chances of escapes…

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#8 In The Middle Of Nowhere On The Highway, A Stop Is Planned By The Guides In Shops That Sell Alcohol

In The Middle Of Nowhere On The Highway, A Stop Is Planned By The Guides In Shops That Sell Alcohol

My bus driver loves drinking soju, the rice alcohol, just like our western drivers adore Red Bulls!

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Blind Oracle 3 weeks ago

Surprising to see English

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#9 A Live Orchestra Playing At The Road That's Being Repaired

A Live Orchestra Playing At The Road That's Being Repaired

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PyroarRanger 3 weeks ago

I feel sorta sorry for them... playing as a distraction while the road is being repaired

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#10 A Highway Junction Is So Rarely Used By Cars That Kids Can Even Dry Corn On The Road!

A Highway Junction Is So Rarely Used By Cars That Kids Can Even Dry Corn On The Road!

Getting on the highways is a very good way to see scenes of local life, even though the bus driver drives at a very high speed trying to hide the reality from foreign visitors.

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Odd Ragnar Deng Lerstøl 3 weeks ago

Have seen similar things in China, but there the roads are quite trafficed.

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