North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling by train to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin.
Kim rarely travels abroad, but this train appears to be his favored mode of transport when he does.
Previous accounts and footage show it to be filled with French wine and plush leather seats.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has begun his trip to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korean media reported Monday, and he's reported to be taking his family's lumbering, luxurious, high security train,
Kim used the train to travel to Russia when the two leaders met in 2019, which was the North Korean dictator's last trip abroad. He also used it that same year to travel to Vietnam to meet then-President Donald Trump.
As well as abroad, the armored train is his favorite mode of transport when traveling within North Korea and has provided important clues in the past about the reclusive leader's location.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicting reports emerged about the health of Kim after he disappeared from the public eye for months, with rumors suggesting that he had either died or was gravely ill.
Not much is known about the Kim family train, a 21-carriage, khaki green train with a distinctive yellow line running across it.
But previous accounts and footage show it to be filled with imported French wine and plush leather seats. Photos from North Korean state media also provide a rare look inside the unusual vehicle.
Take a look inside:
In 2019 Kim took the train on the same journey he's making this week to meet Putin in Vladivostok.
That year, Kim's nuclear weapons were top of the agenda. This year, Putin will likely be seeking a weapons deal.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's armored train was pictured parked at a station by the coastal town of Wonsan in 2020— a sign experts said he was laying low at one of his resorts during the coronavirus outbreak.
The pictures of his train, as well as luxury boat movements, suggested he was alive and spending time in Wonsan during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to Reuters, Kim has a seaside compound in Wonsan which includes several guest villas, a private beach, a basketball court, a horse riding track, a $7 million luxury yacht, and a private train station.
Kim Jong Il used to travel in opulence — he stocked his train with Bordeaux and Burgundy red wines, silver chopsticks, and whatever else he fancied from around the world.
This is according to Konstantin Pulikovsky, a Russian official who travelled with the late North Korean leader in the early 2000s — when the rest of North Korea was reliant on humanitarian aid after years of famine.
"It was possible to order any dish of Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and French cuisine" on board, Pulikovsky said. This undated footage shows a section of the train's dining carriage under Kim Jong Il's reign, which has reportedly since been renovated.