The two showplace stations are underground palaces, with high arched ceilings, marble pillars, chandeliers and mosaic murals on the history of North Korea. Each has a public toilet, and state radio programs are broadcast over loudspeakers. Hours of operation are limited because of power shortages.
In a country known for its human rights violations and chronic food shortages, enough cash was found to build two subway lines completely underground. The system can be used as a fall-out shelter for the military and/or the populace.
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