North Korea has the world’s deepest metro network

Written by Neha Monga
August 21, 2017  

Did you know that North Korea’s Pyongyang has the deepest underground rail network in the world? It runs at an astonishing 110m (360 feet) underground, which is equivalent to a 36 storey building turned upside down.

The Pyongyang metro was built in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Pyongyang Metro

The descend to reach the train platforms itself takes about four minutes. One can hear the sound of revolutionary anthems booming from antique loudspeakers on the escalators.


Murals of ultra-nationalistic themes decorate walls at stations of Pyongyang Metro.

According to an Australian traveller Elliott Davies, who was a part of the first ever group of foreigners given access to all stations across both lines of the Pyongyang Metro,”the Pyongyang Metro is surely one of the most mysterious, yet beautiful transit systems on earth, each station uniquely themed in ultra-nationalism, parading North Korea’s revolutionary goals and achievements to impressionable commuters.”

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“In many ways, it’s a small museum, most of which was formerly hidden from outside eyes and subsequently shrouded in conspiracy theories.”


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