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Vladivostok (Владивосток)

The Pacific-facing "Ruler of the East", Vladivostok marks the terminus of the Trans-Siberian, some 9,289 kilometers east from Moscow. Home of the Russian Pacific Fleet, it was a closed city during the Soviet era when even citizens of the USSR had to get official permission to visit it. Today it serves as a sort of "back door" in and out of Russia, with flights to nearby cities in Japan, Korea and China, as well as ferries to Fushiki, Japan and Sokcho, South Korea.

The initial few pictures in this gallery were taken from the train ride onwards from Irkutsk.
Station halt in Ulan-Ude
Station halt in Ulan-Ude
Village in the Chernyshevsk district of Chita Oblast
Village in the Chernyshevsk district of Chita Oblast
Sparse forest in the eastern Siberian steppe
Sparse forest in the eastern Siberian steppe
Autumn foliage below cloud-streaked sky
Autumn foliage below cloud-streaked sky
Fall colors between river and taiga
Fall colors between river and taiga
Train halt at Belogorsk Station
Train halt at Belogorsk Station
Vendors on the platform at Obluchye Station
Vendors on the platform at Obluchye Station
Woman with fresh food for sale, Obluchye Station
Woman with fresh food for sale, Obluchye Station
Nighttime halt at Khabarovsk Station
Nighttime halt at Khabarovsk Station
End of the line: Vladivostok Station
End of the line: Vladivostok Station
Old locomotive on the platform in Vladivostok
Old locomotive on the platform in Vladivostok
The sprawl of the city beyond the tracks
The sprawl of the city beyond the tracks
Lenin Statue overlooking Vladivostok Station
Lenin Statue overlooking Vladivostok Station
Tacky sculpture of a Siberian tiger
Tacky sculpture of a Siberian tiger
New chapel on ul. Pogranichnaya
New chapel on ul. Pogranichnaya
Pedestrianized stretch of ul. Admiral Fokina
Pedestrianized stretch of ul. Admiral Fokina
Vladivostok's White House government building
Vladivostok's "White House" government building
Ploshchad Bortsov Revolutsii
Ploshchad Bortsov Revolutsii
Grand 19th-century facade facing the square
Grand 19th-century facade facing the square
Monument to the Fighters of Soviet Power in the Far East
Monument to the Fighters of Soviet Power in the Far East
Architecture along ul. Svetlanskaya
Architecture along ul. Svetlanskaya
ul. Svetlanskaya #35
ul. Svetlanskaya #35
Shop signboard, ul. Svetlanskaya
Shop signboard, ul. Svetlanskaya
Fine ensemble along ul. Svetlanskaya
Fine ensemble along ul. Svetlanskaya
ul. Svetlanskaya #41
ul. Svetlanskaya #41
War memorial off Korabelnaya nab.
War memorial off Korabelnaya nab.
Row of plaques at the memorial
Row of plaques at the memorial
Tsar Nicholas II triumphal arch
Tsar Nicholas II triumphal arch
New chapel atop the war memorial
New chapel atop the war memorial
Socialist-realist relief at the memorial
Socialist-realist relief at the memorial
Front steps of the war memorial
Front steps of the war memorial
Soviet S-56 submarine in front of the memorial
Soviet S-56 submarine in front of the memorial
Returning to ul. Svetlanskaya
Returning to ul. Svetlanskaya
Elegant mansion on ul. Pushkinskaya
Elegant mansion on ul. Pushkinskaya
Lower terminal of Vladivostok's funicular
Lower terminal of Vladivostok's funicular
View over central Vladivostok
View over central Vladivostok
Golden Horn Bay and industrial sprawl
Golden Horn Bay and industrial sprawl
Statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius
Statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius
Shooting pics over the bay
Shooting pics over the bay
View down to the lookout point and bay below
View down to the lookout point and bay below
Mid-afternoon view along ul. Svetlanskaya
Mid-afternoon view along ul. Svetlanskaya
Ploshchad Vokzalnaya
Ploshchad Vokzalnaya
Front detail, Vladivostok Station
Front detail, Vladivostok Station
Secondary entrance to Vladivostok Station
Secondary entrance to Vladivostok Station
Platform-side of the station
Platform-side of the station
Mural on the back of Vladivostok Station
Mural on the back of Vladivostok Station
Locals strolling along Sportivnaya Harbor
Locals strolling along Sportivnaya Harbor
Sunset over the Amursky Gulf
Sunset over the Amursky Gulf
Couple watching the sunset
Couple watching the sunset
Old-fashioned lanterns lining the harborfront
Old-fashioned lanterns lining the harborfront
Beach at Sportivnaya Harbor
Beach at Sportivnaya Harbor
Last sunset of the trip
Last sunset of the trip