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 OH NO! round 2 - TRAFFICGIRLS DISAPPEARING FROM PYONGYANG STREETS

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PostSubject: OH NO! round 2 - TRAFFICGIRLS DISAPPEARING FROM PYONGYANG STREETS   OH NO! round 2 - TRAFFICGIRLS DISAPPEARING FROM PYONGYANG STREETS Icon_minitimeFri Nov 22, 2019 1:43 am


Back in 2010, NK News broke the story about the Pyongyang Traffic Ladies being retired due to new LED traffic lights being installed throughout Pyongyang, which I posted about here:
https://www.pyongyangtrafficgirls.com/t228-oh-no-pyongyang-traffic-ladies-being-retired

Well, it turned out that the Traffic Ladies were never really retired. But what did happen was that the much heralded traffic podiums were removed, and on intersections that had traffic lights the Traffic Ladies(and sometimes men) stood by the curb and controlled the lights either by buttons on a curbside control box or with a traffic light remote control they held in their hand, stepping off the curb occasionally to manually direct traffic if needed.

Now for round 2 - there are again reports are that the Traffic Ladies are disappearing from Pyongyang streets and are being replaced by men and traffic lights. Apparently the leadership in its infinite wisdom has decided that their Traffic Ladies are too delicate to withstand the weather extremes in Pyongyang.

From NK news:

    North Korea’s iconic traffic ladies mostly disappear from Pyongyang streets
    Leadership concerned over the wellbeing of traffic officers in winter cold and summer heat, some sources say

    OH NO! round 2 - TRAFFICGIRLS DISAPPEARING FROM PYONGYANG STREETS Traffic-woman-dprk-935x500
    Chad O'Carroll October 21, 2019
    Pyongyang’s famous traffic ladies have mostly disappeared from intersections throughout the city, multiple informed sources have indicated to NK News.

    The female traffic officers appear to have been replaced at the vast majority of Pyongyang intersections by male traffic officials or, in some places, new sets of traffic lights, NK News understands.

    “At several prominent crossroads through Pyongyang last week it was notable that the usual traffic ladies were not present and that male officers were there instead, not stood in the road but at the corners of the street,” Simon Cockerell, the General Manager of Koryo Tours, said. “Nobody seemed to know if this was a permanent or temporary policy though.”

    However, at least two informed sources indicated that the replacement of the traffic ladies would likely be permanent, and had been ordered due to senior leadership concerns about their wellbeing during the heat of summer and frigid cold of winter.

    It’s possible the edict to replace the traffic ladies with men could date back as far back as spring, with the late AP journalist Eric Talmadge tweeting at the time that he had noticed they were conspicuously absent during his trip.

    He noted that at least one was still standing near Pyongyang airport, however, an observation that was echoed by sources speaking to NK News this week.

    In 2009, Pyongyang authorities begun introducing traffic lights at major intersections throughout the city, which led some sources to indicate that the women officers could soon be gone for good.

    However, as time went on it emerged that many of the female traffic controllers continued working regardless, in some cases actually manually operating nearby electronic traffic light systems.
    OH NO! round 2 - TRAFFICGIRLS DISAPPEARING FROM PYONGYANG STREETS Traffic-men-of-the-dprk

    Pyongyang “Traffic Girls” have long been something of a cult attraction for frequent visitors to North Korea, thanks to their bright uniforms and the state’s unusual reliance on human–rather than electronic–signals to control traffic.

    While one such officer rose to fame in 2013 for mysteriously protecting the “leader” in a “death defying… unexpected situation,” Pyongyang’s traffic wardens have largely been ignored by North Korean state media ever since.

    However, Japan’s Chosun Sinbo, a pro-North Korea newspaper which largely reflects the Pyongyang propaganda line, in 2015 capitalized on its local access to conduct an interview with one of the cities’ traffic wardens, Ryu Jong Hye.

    Despite being filmed in Pyongyang and including the type of respects to leader Kim Jong Un so typical of official conversations with North Korean citizens, the interview mentioned – surprisingly – that even in North Korea, some drivers consistently ignore what the traffic wardens order.
source: https://www.nknews.org/2019/10/north-koreas-iconic-traffic-ladies-mostly-disappear-from-pyongyang-streets/


(The NK news story mentions the late Eric Talmadge tweeting about the absent Traffic Ladies when he was visiting Pyongyang last spring. Here is what he tweeted):
    Mar 9
    So I’ve been back in Pyongyang for three days now and haven’t seen a female traffic cop yet. Only men. This is seriously creeping me out.

    Mar 10
    Missing lady traffic cops: Day 4.
    Any sightings out there?

    Mar 11
    Missing lady traffic cops: Day 5. But, in the meantime, spotted “sky chicken” _ 하늘닭, bullfrog _ on the menu at the Myohyangguan, a popular fast food place.

    Mar 12
    Missing lady traffic cops: Day 6
    Went to the Changgwang Health Complex for their $4 haircuts this morning.

    Mar 13
    They’re back. Sort of. This traffic controller was at her post by the airport, but she’s still the only female traffic controller I’ve seen in #Pyongyang all week. And the men have been pulling more cars over for minor violations than usual.
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    Eric Talmadge https://twitter.com/EricTalmadge
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