Earlier than & After: Pyongyang – Kaesong Freeway Relaxation Cease, North Korea
For nearly all guests to North Korea a visit to the historic metropolis of Kaesong and the notorious Korean DMZ is a part of their tour package deal. The highway from Pyongyang to Kaesong is 160km lengthy and is notable for being nearly fully empty more often than not.
Round midway alongside this 3-hour journey (by tour bus, the highway is considerably bumpy and so excessive speeds are discouraged) the customer finds themself at a relaxation cease, the one one on this freeway – this constructing is inconceivable to overlook and may be very a lot a must-stop for each these in want of the WC and people on the lookout for snacks and even some mild leisure on the journey (in addition to the de rigueur ‘take a look at me in the midst of an empty freeway’ photographs that have to be taken right here).
Over time this relaxation cease has been painted, repainted, renovated, caught hearth (!), repaired, and repainted once more. In the midst of the constructing is a really retro sitting space with views up and down the freeway. Nevertheless, that is nearly by no means open anymore because the employees favor to arrange store exterior within the automobile parks, from the place they promote drinks, snacks, souvenirs, and (when vacationer ranges aren’t too excessive) will usually play some music and placed on a sing and dance present too.
The employees right here, all girls, additionally know properly that within the morning vacationers depart from Pyongyang for the lengthy drive south, and that they are going to all do it at across the identical time (because the DMZ is just open to guests within the morning). So, they arrange their tables and show their wares on the west facet of the constructing and shut the east facet fully. After lunchtime they are often assured that the majority site visitors shall be day-trippers heading again from Kaesong and the DMZ to Pyongyang, so that they schlep all of it throughout the highway to the opposite facet.
A cease at a toilet and primary service station will not be among the many absolute highlights of a go to to the DPRK. Nonetheless, it’s one that’s fairly unforgettable anyway – when one stops to take a look at and go to an uncommon constructing, straddling an empty freeway, in the midst of probably the most enigmatic nation on the planet, how may it’s something apart from a singular expertise?
These photographs present a number of the modifications made to the outside of the remainder cease within the twenty first century.
The official title of this place is the Unjong Teahouse, and a few normal info will be discovered right here on the unique Koryo Excursions Journey Guides