Pyongyang Metro

Pyongyang Metro Information

The capital city of North Korea, Pyongyang, is served by 2 metro under the name of Pyongyang Metro which is operated by the Transport and Communication Commission of the city. The rapid transit line has been in operation in 1973, nearly 43 years ago. Diversified into 2 separate lines, the metro system serves a total number of 16 sixteen stations. Chollima Line and the Hyoksin Line are the names of the 2 respective lines. The metro is an attraction in itself with an entire museum devoted to its history. Paying testament to that, it has a daily ridership of nearly 100,000 (2009).

Pyongyang Metro Frequency

The sole objective of the metro was to make travelling convenient, safe and accessible at all times. Keeping that in mind trains run often. During the busy hours of the day, the trains have a headway of just 2 minutes.


Pyongyang Metro Fares

With a single ticket costing just 5 won, travelling could not get cheaper. Infact, the Pyongyang Metro is renowned for their extremely affordable tickets.


Pyongyang Metro Lines and Stations

The Pyongyang Metro station, modeled largely on the Moscow Metro, is located completely underground. In fact, it is said to be the deepest Metro network in the world. During war times, the stations double as bomb shelters as is implied by the presence of heavy metal doors at the entrances. Many people believe that the stations are connected to extensive military establishments and that there are secret lines designed specifically for the use of government personnel.

● The Chollima Line is named after a very fast horse in Korean mythology. It stretches for over twelve kilometers in length. Construction work for this route was taken up in 1968 and the service commenced operations in the month of September in 1973.

Station Literal meaning Transfer Opened
Pulgŭnbyŏl 붉은별 Red Star   6 September 1973
Chŏnu 전우 (戰友) Comrade #2 Chŏnsŭng
Kaesŏn 개선(凱旋) Triumph  
T’ŏngil 통일 (統一) Reunification  
Sŭngri 승리 (勝利) Victory  
Ponghwa 봉화 (烽火) Torch/Beacon  
Yŏnggwang 영광 (榮光) Glory   10 April 1987
Puhŭng 부흥 (復興) Revitalization
  • The Hyoksin Line, the literal meaning of which translates to renewal, spans a length of roughly ten kilometers with the commencement of regular services dating back to October of 1975.
Station Literal meaning Transfer Opened
Kwangbok 광복 (光復) Restoration/Independence   9 September 1978
Kŏn’guk 건국 (建國) National Foundation  
Hwanggŭmbŏl 황금벌 (黃金벌) Golden Soil   6 September 1978
Kŏnsŏl 건설 (建設) Construction  
Hyŏksin 혁신 (革新) Innovation   9 September 1975
Chŏnsŭng 전승 (戰勝) Complete Victory (in Battle) #1 Chŏnu
Samhŭng 삼흥 (三興) Three Rejuvenations  
Kwangmyŏng 광명 (光明) Shine/Enlightenment Closed in 1995
Ragwŏn 락원 (樂園) Paradise

Additional stations are planned for both the Hyoksin and Ragwon lines (two on each route) in order to further extend the Pyongyang Metro service. These stations are either in the development stage or in the process of being planned.

Pyongyang Metro Map

Map of Pyongyang Metro showing its lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Pyongyang Metro Map in PDF.

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