Dear Sweet Pyongyang, Capital of Paradise

This morning’s wanderings take us to North Korea where the eastern terminus of their Hyoksin (“Renovation”) subway line is 낙원, Rakwon or Ragwon, (“Paradise”), thus making the famed North Korean subway/underground bomb shelter a true medium to paradise.  This knowledge came by way of a Foreign Policy photo reportage called “The Land of No Smiles.”


Here the North Koreans have “enhanced nature” with brightly colored polymer tubes designed to propel children into a communal bath.  The comments on YouTube (double click on the video) that pretend that this was filmed in January 2009 are especially thoughtful.

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Posted on April 20, 2009
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