The Pyongyang Metro runs an astonishing 361ft below street level, making it the deepest underground rail network on Earth.
And the metro system’s sheer depth means its stations – complete with their ornate decoration and chandeliers – are ideally situated for doubling up as nuclear bunkers.
The metro stations in Pyongyang are not named after their geographic locations, but have names set to remind the citizens of the 'socialist revolution', such as Comrade, Red Star, Glory and Complete Victory.
Commuters pour down the escalators into the Pyongyang Metro
Going underground in one of North Korea's most secretive places
Tue, April 18, 2017
Welcome to the Pyongyang Metro, an astonishing 361ft station below street level, making it the deepest underground rail network on Earth
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Commuters leave a subway train platform of the Pyongyang metro
Pyongyang Metro is surely one of the most mysterious yet beautiful transit systems on earth,
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A series of photographs have taken by Australian traveller Elliott Davies, a software developer from Hobart, Tasmania, give a revealing insight into the underground workings of the system.
Mr Davies said: “During my visit to North Korea, I was part of the first ever group of foreigners given access to all stations across both lines of the Pyongyang Metro.
“This may sound mundane, but the previously restricted 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.
“In many ways, it’s a small museum, most of which formerly hidden from outside eyes and subsequently shrouded in conspiracy theories.”
Pyongyang Metro stations can double up as nuclear bunkers
North Korea has warned it will “destroy aggressors without any mercy” if the West makes “the slightest move”.
Vice-foreign minister Han Song-Ryol said Pyongyang will continue to test nuclear missiles monthly or even weekly ahead of ”all out war”.
Another stunning image of the Pyongyang Metro system
North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations Kim In Ryong claimed the US was “disturbing peace and stability” across the globe with its “unjust and disproportionate” response to leader Kim Jong-Un.
He said: "A nuclear war could break out at any moment on the Korean Peninsula.
"The United States are disturbing the peace and global stability, insisting in a gangster logic."