Trains for show
Because North Korea is so secretive about life inside its borders, it’s hard to determine what’s true and what’s not. Plus, the country not only determines what’s picked up by the international press – it’s also determined to stage what visitors to the country see. This photo shows a starkly empty train station with a good-looking train ready to go. It was shown to tourists (one of whom took the picture) as part of the country’s ‘Everything Is Well’ propaganda. But this is all a façade because North Koreans don’t ever travel freely within their own country. No one’s using that train.