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PYONGYANG
 North Korea

Pyongyang Metro Map © UrbanRail.Net

 System

Pyongyang is the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and has 1.7 million inhabitants.

Construction of the small metro network began in the late 1960's and opened in 1973 between Pulgunbyol and Ponghwa (7.5 km, 6 stations). A second line, the Hyokshin Line, was inaugurated in 1978. It reached its current length in 1985. The first line, the Chollima Line, was extended towards the south (Puhung) in 1987. The total length is currently 22.5 km, with 17 stations, all underground. The system has third rail power supply (825V) and uses 3-4-car-trains (5-6 during peak hours), track gauge is 1435 mm. Both lines run under the city's main streets, Hyokshin Line under Ragwon and Pipa streets, and Chollima Line under Podunamu, Kaeson, Sungni and Yonggwang streets.

Stations lie very deep (20-100m), at an average distance of 1500 m. Like in Russia, they were designed like underground palaces, each in a different colour and decorated with marble, paintings, mosaics and sculptures. The Pyongyang metro is the only one in the world where station names do not refer to a geographical location nearby, but to some theme of the socialist revolution (like Renovation, Victory, Unity, etc). Kwangmyong is currently closed, apparently because it's too close to the Kumsusam Memorial Palace.

 

 History

6 Sept 1973: Ponghwa - Pulgunbyol (7.5 km, 6 stations)
9 Oct 1975: Hyokshin - Rakwon
6 Oct 1978: Hyokshin - Hwangummbol
9 Sept 1978: Hwanuggumbol - Kwongbok
10 Apr 1987: Ponghwa - Puhung

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 Links

Simon Bone's Pyongyang Metro Page includes many maps and a lot of photographs

Osamu Abe's Map

Pyong Yang Metro System

Pyong Yang Metro on Wikipedia

 

 

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