Friday Fun: Kim Jong-il’s Train


The North Koreans produced a two-part documentary on Kim Jong-il’s recent visit to China which was aired on North Korean television.  In part one of the documentary, we can see some video images of the office aboard Kim Jong-il’s train.  His large wooden desk, which he does not seem to use for friendly/informal meetings, is at the head of the room with comfortable leather chairs along the sides.  There is a door on the back wall which provides access to another room on the train cart — I assume a private office or other personal area.  The floors appear to be made of polished wood.  On the desk, there is a framed photo and maybe an couple of ashtrays?  Most noticeably there is a large flat-screen television mounted on the wall above Kim’s desk.

Part I of the documentary was too long for me up upload to Youtube, but the segment aboard the train is here.

Part II of the documentary is here.

Below is a decent image of what many believe is Kim Jong-il’s train parked outside the Kim family compound in Ryongsong-guyok, Pyongyang (룡성구역, 39.110716°, 125.788507°, Google Maps)

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6 Responses to “Friday Fun: Kim Jong-il’s Train”

  1. North Korean Television Coverage of Kim Jong Il in China | Sinologistical Violoncellist Says:

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  2. benoit Says:

    Thanks for the video.

    It would be nice to have subtitles.

  3. NK econWatch Says:

    Go for it.  I am happy to post subtitles.

  4. Benoit Says:

    Sorry, I didn’t realize that you put them on youtube yourself.

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  6. W. Steinbarth Says:

    America must never bow (out of custom), but only through mutual and verifiable respect. Korea has been swept under the rug for too long and the U.S. can no longer singularly protect and enforce the God given rights to human existence.

    At this immediate time, we have no such leader to make a difference.

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    Chicago, IL


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