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Uploaded on Jan 14, 2007
On my trip to Siberia in december 2006 I decided not to travel in an ordinary Russian sleeping car, but in the sleeping car Moskva - Pyongyang, which is leaving Moskva on the 11th and 25th of each month (attached to train no. 1 (Moskva - Vladivistok)). This sleeping car is provided by the state railways of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). The trip was an interesting possibility to talk with people from North Korea, for whom it was quite sensational to have an Austrian citizen as fellow passenger (all the other passengers as well as the conductors in the sleeping car were DPRK citizen). Using the sleeping car for domestic trips inside Russia is officially not possible, a ticket for a cross-border trip to DPRK is necessary. But it is no problem to get a ticket to the first station in the DPRK (Tumangan) and get off before the border.
In september 2008, two years after this trip, a friend and I finally succesfully travelled in exactly this sleeping car to Pyongyang, crossing the Russian/North Korean border at Khasan/Tumangan. This route is officially not allowed for tourists... See my report at http://vienna-pyongyang.blogspot.com/