Traffic Girls of Pyongyang, North Korea

On the Streets of Pyongyang, DPRK

Just a tiny hint of a smile…………before being told “no more pictures!”

It’s sad to say but I can confirm the rumors – electric traffic lights have been recently installed in Pyongyang, and with this bold step into advanced technology, regrettably the era of the famous Pyongyang traffic girls is coming to an end. Legions of cute traffic girls have been retired; who will man the intersections of desolate streets? Who will perform a robotic dance of traffic instruction while ignoring the fact there is no traffic to actually instruct? Is this march of progress a worthy substitute for cute girls with pouty expressions and sexy uniforms?

But all is not lost! Some of the traffic girls have been retained to render emergency services during frequent power outages. Others can still be seen directing traffic at construction sites, manning cross walks at busy areas, and some manually control traffic lights near the tourist hotels.

4 responses

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  2. North Korea ! Are they friendly ? or kind of hostile ? This is interesting.

    Cheers from California !

    November 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    • Friendly, curious, naive, shy, even flirtations – in an innocent way. Amazing people. In most circumstances the fact that we were Americans didn’t matter one bit (they differentiate between the boogeyman US government and its civilian population). It was kinda like going back in time to the 40’s and 50’s where the people lived a more simple life – pre-mass media, mass entertainment, and mass consumerism.

      November 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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