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PostSubject: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:22 am

Pyongyang Traffic Girls are coming to a mall near you ..............
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:48 am

Wow, they have a mall in North Korea?? This must be some sort of traffic police recuitment setup...

I'm still in shock that NK has a mall.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:59 pm

I'll bet anything that it's named Kim Il-Sung Mall, or Glorious Leader Mall or something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:14 pm

If we can get some translation to what is displayed in that atrium, we may find out exactly where this photo was taken......
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:11 am

Mayor_of_Pyongyang wrote:
If we can get some translation to what is displayed in that atrium, we may find out exactly where this photo was taken......
It roughly translates to "30% off on all Jong-Il merchandise"
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:13 am

It looks like they're about to recieve medals or a promotion or some such thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:53 am

....or possibly some form of disciplinary action. They've been reassigned to directing traffic at the mall with an army guard to watch their every move....
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:30 pm

I think it is a promotional thing - you know - look at our brave beautiful Traffic Patrolgirls.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:55 am

I did some investigating and found some info on this mall subject.

While one would think that the North Korean governmemt would give their popular malls grandiose names such as "Glorious Leader Mall", "Mall Of The Peoples Revolution" or the like, what I found was that the stores are actually given extremely drab names like:

Department Store No.1

Pyongyang Department Store No. 2

P'yongyang Children's Department Store

East P'yongyang Department Store

West Pyongyang Department Store

Kwangbok Department Store

Taesong Department Store

etc.


And then I came across this picture, taken obviously in the same mall as was our three traffic Ladies picture.


The picture was taken in 2005, the occasion was the Dear Leader's 64th birthday. (On display are more than 23,000 potted "Kimjongilias", a flower named after Kim Jong-Il. Rolling Eyes)

Now look at the ceiling. The mall, or store, has a long arching roof.

I searched on Wikimapia for keywords Pyongyang, store and market. The only building that came up that has a roof like the one in the picture is this one:

http://wikimapia.org/#lat=39.0253518&lon=125.6680799&z=18&l=0&m=a&v=2

West Pyongyang Central Market.
So I believe our original post picture was taken at the West Pyongyang Central Market on Sep. 9 2008, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:40 am

Any idea about what it is that they sell in their malls? Except for maybe one or two kinds of pants, shirts, etc. Even that may be a bit much.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:22 am

You could probably find a Kimjongilia or two.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:05 pm

Apparently it is described as a "three story supermarket", built when the previous market became too crowded.
"I had found myself in the North Korean version of Macy’s, but here, every day is the Friday after Thanksgiving. There were delicate blouses and dresses for around 15,000 won (roughly $4 at black market exchange rates), all sorts of fruit — thought to be nearly impossible to find in this mountainous hermit kingdom — and enough varieties of mystery meats to make my high school cafeteria green with envy."
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:34 pm

How many wheelbarrows does a DPRK citizen need to push in order to bring 15,000 won to the mall??? lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:53 am

No wheelbarrow - you could fit three of these Il-Sungs in your billfold!



But 10,000 1 won COINS would be a different story. Probably just 1 wheelbarrow, but a large one.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:33 pm

lol!

Thanks for the currency lesson! I'm sure those are cool collector's items.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:03 am

According to a currency converter, their Won is worth .00701 of a penny. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:42 am

Pyongyang traffic girls at the mall!!! That's the last thing I'd expect to see! I like this website, lot's to look at.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:11 pm

wowo what a Great picture this Mall is very clean & Good.
why wasn't any of the visiters taken there?
THIS is something to be proud of. something worth showing off.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:08 pm

Raymasaki wrote:
wowo what a Great picture this Mall is very clean & Good.
why wasn't any of the visiters taken there?
THIS is something to be proud of. something worth showing off.
It's a store. Proud?
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:56 pm

uh Yeah more proud of a clean big store/Mall better showing this than the
other corny stuff they show. they always want to show something Good Right?
well this is Good. this at least looks modern, most of the store pictures
ive seen look like sad practically out of Business places.
ive seen Better discount food stores in the US.
so Yeah this is worth showing people.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:38 am

Of course they're proud. They finally have someplace nice for their populace to shop. Now the hard part - getting some products in the stores.
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PostSubject: Re: Pyongyang Traffic Girls at the Mall   Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:49 pm

Raymasaki wrote:
uh Yeah more proud of a clean big store/Mall better showing this than the
other corny stuff they show. they always want to show something Good Right?
well this is Good. this at least looks modern, most of the store pictures
ive seen look like sad practically out of Business places.
ive seen Better discount food stores in the US.
so Yeah this is worth showing people.
What I meant was, it's pathetic if the NK government would be overly "proud" of a store - something that is common all over the world.
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