All Report

<Photo Report on N.Korea> Experiencing the Lives of Ordinary People, “Sobicha“ (service car)

The ‘Sobicha’ is packed like sardines. A young woman seated next to the reporter was clearly also suffering. Taken by Paek Hyang in Yanggang Province, on October 2013 (ASIAPRESS)

The ‘Sobicha’ is packed like sardines. A young woman seated next to the reporter was clearly also suffering. Taken by Paek Hyang in Yanggang Province, on October 2013 (ASIAPRESS)

 

2016/Nov/24

ASIAPRESS reporting partners in North Korea said that the operation the railway has worsened since November. The cause may be the flagging power supply.

“Trains are empty because no one knows when they will arrive at the destination. “People generally use a ‘Sobicha’ (service car),” said reporting partners at Chungjin City and Hoeryong City, in North Hamkyung Province.

‘Sobicha’ is a private vehicle, such as a bus or a truck, charging passengers cash for a ride. It carries passengers to the destination on time, although is much more expensive than the state-run railway.
Related Article: [Video Report] National bus network of the North Korean market economy

It became a major system of passenger transportation in North Korea, replacing the backward, state-run system.  The operation is solely based on profit seeking. The name ‘Sobi’ is said originate from the English word, ‘Service.’

The photo is a still shot from the video taken by Paek Hyang, a reporting partner of ASIAPRESS, when she was in a ‘Sobicha.’

This is a ‘Sobicha.’ A woman is trying to ride the truck where no seat seems available. Taken by Shim Ui-cheon in Haeju City of South Hwanghae Province on October 2008. (ASIAPRESS)

This is a ‘Sobicha.’ A woman is trying to ride the truck where no seat seems available. Taken by Shim Ui-cheon in Haeju City of South Hwanghae Province on October 2008. (ASIAPRESS)

Next Page:Being squeezed, a security force (Policeman) grimaces…

Pages:

1

2

Related post

  1. A pig tied to the back of a bicycle. This man appeared to be taking the pig to the city to sell and earn some money. This kind of trading business is called "Taegori" in North Korea.(2010. South Pyongan Province. Taken by Kim Dong-cheol.)ASIAPRESS Highly Favored, But Hard to Proc…
  2. <Inside N. Korea> Expansion of t…
  3. Women are gleaning coals dropped off from a train. South Pyongan province on March 2013 ASIAPRESS Price is rising up due to a corn…
  4. [Video Report] Parade Drill by F…
  5. Two Women collecting coal fallen off the back of trucks. (South Pyongan Province, March 2013) ASIAPRESS People Struggle To Collect Firew…
  6. Column –Voices from inside N.Kor…
  7. <Field Report On N.Korea> Delaye…
  8. North Korean Reporter, LEE Jun s…

Pickup

Chongjin, North Hamkyung Province. September, 2013  ASIAPRESS N.Korea Market Survey Reveals Basic Food Price Hike PHOTO1 N.Korea IT Report – PART1: Kids Master Emoticons and Movies with Mobile phones A bottle of domestic "penicillin", made at the Suncheon medical factory. ASIAPRESS Embezzled UN Aid Circulates in N.Korean Underground – End to Free Healthcare, Illegal Abortions Widespread A political assembly held by a KWP regional branch that took place a half year before the purge of Jang Song-thaek. The ranking officials discussed and addressed the people's allegiance and dedications to Kim Jong-un. (Summer/2013/ASIAPRESS) Possible Firing Squad Executions Punish Violators of “Kim Jong-un’s Instructions” This picture is taken from raw video footage captured in Sosong District, Pyongyang in the summer of 2006. Female students are assembled near the Three Revolution Exhibition museum to practice for a military parade in honor of Kim Jong-il's birthday. Each student is wearing a white shoulder-cloth inscribed with a consecutive number. (Lee Jun / Pyongyang / August 2006) ASIAPRESS The Truth Behind N.Korea’s Military Parades 〈Photo Report- 6 (a)〉 The Government’s Command is for a “Strong and Prosperous Nation” — but Workers Tired Out at Pyongyang Construction Sites to Build 100,000 Apartments

Korean   Japanese

 

Rimjingang_facebook Rimjingang_twitter Rimjingang_YouTube

New Report

  1. [Video Report] Chinese products and currency are playing a vital role in North Korean market
  2. <Photo Report> Kotchebi, the Homeless, Under the Kim Jong-un Regime (PART2) Toddler worn out on a street while regime shows off luxury orphanages
  3. <Inside N. Korea>Market Price Since Imposition of New Economic Sanction
  4. <Photo Report> Kotchebi, the Homeless, Under the Kim Jong-un Regime (PART1) A girl and a boy–probably siblings–sleeping on a street
  5. [Video Report] What do the ordinary people eat in North Korea? There are many types of food sold at hawker stalls. (Hawker stalls are individually owned food stalls)
  6. <New Year’s Report from N.Korea> Kim Jong-un’s Reputation Continues to Fall: Citizens Critical of His “New Year Address.”
  7. <Inside N. Korea> Bank Card and ATM Appear in Local Cities. Split Responses; “Convenient” and “Still Can’t Trust the Government.”
PAGE TOP