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.

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 1 year ago

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

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#2 Yes, In North Korea You Can Bike Without Danger On Highway

Yes, In North Korea You Can Bike Without Danger On Highway

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viktoh.. 1 year ago

Then what's the use of these broad roads......

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#3 A Kid With His Gooses On The Highway Side. Most Of The Time People Use The Highway For Their Daily Activities. Therefore They Got So Surprised To See Cars Or Buses On It

A Kid With His Gooses On The Highway Side. Most Of The Time People Use The Highway For Their Daily Activities. Therefore They Got So Surprised To See Cars Or Buses On It

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Rose Collins 1 year ago

Gooses? Really bored panda writers? C'mon it's geese.

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#4 It Is Forbidden To Enter Pyongyang With A Dirty Car, So After A Long Trip On The Highway, The Cars And The Buses Must Be Cleaned Before Entering The Town

It Is Forbidden To Enter Pyongyang With A Dirty Car, So After A Long Trip On The Highway, The Cars And The Buses Must Be Cleaned Before Entering The Town

It is a way to respect the town of the Leaders, according to my guide.

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Rebekah 1 year ago

Interesting.

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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 1 year 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. 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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#11 All Along The Highway Near The South Korean Border, You Can See Those Huge Cement Blocks. They Can Be Used To Block The Highway In Case Of American Invasion

All Along The Highway Near The South Korean Border, You Can See Those Huge Cement Blocks. They Can Be Used To Block The Highway In Case Of American Invasion

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viktoh.. 1 year ago

American only?......

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#12 I Hardly See Cars On The Highways Of North Korea During All My Six Trips. Now I Am Lucky Enough To Spot An American… Hummer!

I Hardly See Cars On The Highways Of North Korea During All My Six Trips. Now I Am Lucky Enough To Spot An American… Hummer!

My guides are rather annoyed as they know how symbolic this car is in their country, where everything is rationed out… It is the first time that I hear them criticizing something from their system.

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J.B. 1 year ago

Whatta hell? It's so weird to see H2 in North Korea, I mean, after all that accusation about American imperialism and stuff...

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#13 A Nice And Relaxing Room In A Highway

A Nice And Relaxing Room In A Highway

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Ritchie Valens 1 year ago

The Chair designer was going through a fried egg phase, of art design inspiration.

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#14 A Lot Of People Are Trying To Stop Cars, However They Have To Wait For Hours…

A Lot Of People Are Trying To Stop Cars, However They Have To Wait For Hours…

So, I ask my guide to stop for them as the tourist bus I have is empty. He refuses, explaining that it is absolutely impossible to do this.

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The Cappy 1 year ago

For him (and you probably) it was absolutely impossible to do this, in the sense that there's an implied second constraint built in: "and survive." Remember what happened simply from stealing a poster.

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#15 A Small Souvenir Shop On The Highway. They Are Selling Some Apples. One Euro For One Apple! They Are The First Fruit I Ever Have During My Two-weeks Trip!

A Small Souvenir Shop On The Highway. They Are Selling Some Apples. One Euro For One Apple! They Are The First Fruit I Ever Have During My Two-weeks Trip!

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Arvind 1 year ago

Apples are missing!

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#16 In My Country, You Can Spot Wild Animals Crossing The Highways. Whereas In North Korea, You Can See The Local Kids Crossing The Large Roads

In My Country, You Can Spot Wild Animals Crossing The Highways. Whereas In North Korea, You Can See The Local Kids Crossing The Large Roads

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

If this was in the US, there would be a sign saying "Kid Xing"

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#17 Ironically, The Only Advertising Billboards You Can See In Pyongyang Are About… Cars!

Ironically, The Only Advertising Billboards You Can See In Pyongyang Are About… Cars!

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Daria B 1 year ago

I recall seeing in one of those TV programs about common people, they made this documentary style video report about an older lady, refugee from N. Korea, living in the south now. She found a job washing cars, and she was explaining how in the north, cars are a big deal and that, while she understands it's not the most honorable occupation in the south, she said she was very happy and proud to work as a car washer.

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#18 The Daily Life

The Daily Life

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Flavia Slag 1 year ago

are they cleaning the road?

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#19 Lots Of Holes Can Be Found On The Highways, So Lot Of Workers Are Trying To Fix The Road

Lots Of Holes Can Be Found On The Highways, So Lot Of Workers Are Trying To Fix The Road

Security is not the main concern, because the sign is put up just right next to the workers, not 200m before!

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John L 1 year ago

The reason why there are so many holes needing repair is because the quality and thickness of the highway is substandard. Note that the roads are asphalt, and not concrete. Since there are no cars causing wear and tear, looks are more important. Just a few days of regular travel as with Japan, or ROK, and the road would be a total wreck. In the glorious People's Republic looks are far more important, in order to show the world just how advanced, and wonderful things are in the North.

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#20 The Daily Life

The Daily Life

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Linda Tisue 1 year ago

See this kind of thing all over Asia.

#21 Workers On The Highway Are Repairing The Road

Workers On The Highway Are Repairing The Road

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#22 The Kind Of Scene You Can See Along The Highway

The Kind Of Scene You Can See Along The Highway

An overloaded truck breaks down with a lot of smoke coming out… I had the chance to take these pictures just because... After lunch, my guides are enjoying the comfort of the bus seats and snoring…

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Tomasz Oryński 1 year ago

This smoke is propably not due to breakdown but because the truck is powered by wood gas generator. They are really short on oil, you know.... Something like here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHbjqf4vi3c

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#23 Lots Of Propaganda Billboards Can Be Seen From The Highway. A Big Investment Compared To The Transport...

Lots Of Propaganda Billboards Can Be Seen From The Highway. A Big Investment Compared To The Transport...

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Yur Face 1 year ago

"Let's make my country shine brighter for the Great General Kim Jung Il" or something along those lines

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#24 The Daily Life

The Daily Life

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#25 The Daily Life

The Daily Life

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Leni 1 year ago

Even NK uses metric :')

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#26 The Daily Life

The Daily Life

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Kjorn 1 year ago

looks like a boys band :-).

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#27 A Sign Saying That Seoul Is Just 64 Km Away From North Korea

A Sign Saying That Seoul Is Just 64 Km Away From North Korea

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Yur Face 1 year ago

That doesn't say Seoul. It says Sok-Cho. You guys don't have any Koreans on your staff?

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#28 "independance, Peace, Reunification" On The Cement Blocks Of The Dmz Highway

"independance, Peace, Reunification" On The Cement Blocks Of The Dmz Highway

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Benj 1 year ago

Independence : Sure - Reunification : Uhm, I guess... - Peace : WTF are you smoking?!

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#29 The Daily Life

The Daily Life

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J.B. 1 year ago

What are those? They look like bad Chinese BMW copy, Toyota mini van, Hyundai SUV, and Chevy something or the other. Are they? What are they? I'm fascinated.

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#30 While Your Friends Go To Pee In The Toilets Of The Shop, Where There Is No Running Water, You Can Enjoy Some Propaganda On The Walls Of The Shop

While Your Friends Go To Pee In The Toilets Of The Shop, Where There Is No Running Water, You Can Enjoy Some Propaganda On The Walls Of The Shop

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Kizito Obeya 1 year ago

Oh no! Not the knife hand!

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