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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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!
#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 a way to respect the town of the Leaders, according to my guide.
#7 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…
#8 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!
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.