Posted by: worldsgreatesttravelblog | December 21, 2009

Welcome to Pyongyang and I can’t believe I am really here……..and check out the traffic jams below at 6 pm in Central Pyongyang.
No visit to North Korea is complete without a vist it its many monuments. All of them surge with revolutionary fervour and bear testament to its glorious past and ideology. 

 One of the most famous is the Juche tower which represents North Korea’s principles. It dominates the skyline standing at 570 meters. The tower has 25,550 blocks, each one representing a month in the life of Kim Il Sung. The tower is capped with a 20 meter illuminated torch which lights up the night sky of Pyongyang. For a fee of 5 Euros you can take the lift to the observation platform.

The Arc of Triumph glorifies North Korea’s resistance to the Japanese occupation between 1925 and 1945 and the role played by The Great Leader Kim Il Sung. Modeled on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris it is the largest arch in the world standing at 60 meters tall and 50 meters wide.

 The Reunification statue shows two women in Korean national costume holding a map of the whole of Korea. It represents North and South Korea and the hope that one day it will be reunited under the principles of Kim Il Sung.

 On Mansu hill stands one of Pyongyang’s most important monuments, a bronze statue of Kim Il Sung. . Erected in 1972 to honour Kim Il Sung’s 60th birthday it stands 60 meters high. The statue is flagged on either side by sculptures depicting North Korea Revolutionary struggle. It is traditional to bring flowers in honour of Kim Il Sung and tourists are encouraged to honour this tradition. You can purchase a small bunch of flowers close to the monument for 3 Euros.

Close by stands the Chollima statue, built to honour the invincible fighting spirit of the Korean People. The winged horse shows a worker holding high in his hand a “Red Letter” of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea and a young peasant woman holds a sheaf of rice.

Another stop on the tourist trail is at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery. It was built in 1993 in honour of the heroes that died fighting against the Japanese. There are dozens of Bronze statues. One of the most famous is the wife on Kim Il Sung (center in the picture below), Kim Jong Suk, which stands majestically behind the large red granite flag.

One of the most imposing monuments is the Monument for the Party Founding. It was erected in 1995 for the 50 year anniversary of the Korean Workers Party. The monument shows a sickle, a hammer and a writing brush to represent the worker, the intellectual and the peasant.


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