Beautiful Pyongyang – A different look at North Korea’s capital

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Updated May 6, 2017 / João Leitão / 4 Comments / Filed in: / Reading time 4 minutes
Beautiful Pyongyang - A different look at North Korea's capital

Beautiful Pyongyang – A different look at North Korea’s capital

Visit Pyongyang 🇰🇵

Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea.

Hundreds of beautifully crafted monuments and memorial murals showing off political leaders and party workers are scattered throughout the city.

“Pyongyang is a lovely city for those who love Socialist Classicism architecture.”

Pyongyang was heavily bombed and turned to rubble by USA during the Korean War, so most of the infrastructure in the city is built with a mix of socialist Soviet architecture style and Korean architecture.

The Monument to Party Founding in center Pyongyang

The Monument to Party Founding in center Pyongyang

Like in all socialist influenced cities around the world, Pyongyang has a vast number of high-quality museums.

Korean people in general are very friendly and always curious to interact with foreigners.

Pyongyang children

Pyongyang children

To visit Pyongyang is to experience something different from the rest of Asia, and probably you’ll have the sense of being somewhere between Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Kim Il-sung Square and Juche Tower seen from the Grand People's Study House

Kim Il-sung Square and Juche Tower seen from the Grand People’s Study House

The 29th floor of the Yanggakdo Hotel where my room was located, provided me wonderful views of the city and the Taedong River.

Taedong River night view in Pyongyang

Taedong River night view in Pyongyang

📝 NOTE: Also read my page Visit North Korea – Reasons why I liked DPRK – Explicit

📹 Honoring DPRK’s leaders – Controversial ceremony:

🏙Places I visited in Pyongyang:

✅ Juche Tower – Pyongyang

Juche Tower - Pyongyang

Juche Tower – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Juche Tower – this beautiful 170 m / 557 ft monument in honor of the Juche ideology is located on the banks of the Taedong. You can go up the elevator and enjoy amazing panoramic views of Pyongyang.

✅ Metro – Pyongyang

Metro - Pyongyang

Metro – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Pyongyang Metro – following the example of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the stunning Pyongyang subway stations are indeed among the most beautiful in the world. It is estimated that around half million people use the metro daily. Pyongyang Metro is the deepest subway system in the world, 120 m / 394 ft below ground and can therefore be used as a shelter in case of armed conflict. Some of the subway stations are breathtaking.

✅ Victorious War Museum – Pyongyang

Victorious War Museum - Pyongyang

Victorious War Museum – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Victorious War Museum – the impressive war museum has excellent exhibitions that will help you understand a bit more about the Korean War conflict. In the museum complex we can visit the USS Pueblo, a captured US Navy ship. The museum exhibits several tanks, 4X4 and airplanes from the times of the Korean War.

✅ Taedongmun Gate – Pyongyang

Taedongmun Gate - Pyongyang

Taedongmun Gate – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Taedongmun Gate – built in mid-6th century – was the East gate of the ancient walled city of Pyongyang.

✅ Mansu Hill – Pyongyang

Mansu Hill - Pyongyang

Mansu Hill – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Mansu Hill – many things can be visited inside the garden complex of Mansu Hill. The Mansudae Grand Monument consists of two enormous 22 m / 72 ft high bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Near the statues are also the Socialist Revolution monument and the Korean Revolution Museum. The Mansudae Fountain located right in front of the Grand People’s Study House is dedicated to Kim Il-sung.

✅ Chollima Statue – Pyongyang

Chollima Statue - Pyongyang

Chollima Statue – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Chollima Statue – symbolizing the horse of Chollima speed from the Chollima Movement, which emphasized ideological encouragement to work harder to achieve progress and prosperity.

✅ Korean Revolution Museum – Pyongyang

Korean Revolution Museum - Pyongyang

Korean Revolution Museum – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Korean Revolution Museum – exhibition of Kim Il-sung and the Korean revolutionary movement related items and objects.

✅ Kim Il-sung Square – Pyongyang

Kim Il-sung Square - Pyongyang

Kim Il-sung Square – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Kim Il-sung Square – this is the main square of the country where political events, mass demonstrations, important meetings and parades are held on official holidays.

✅ Arch of Triumph – Pyongyang

Arch of Triumph - Pyongyang

Arch of Triumph – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Arch of Triumph – the 60 m / 197 ft arch is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world and was erected to commemorate the Korean resistance to the Japanese invasion. It is located near the place where President Kim Il Sung made a speech in front of 400 000 people, after returning to Korea in October 14th, 1945.

✅ Monument to Party Founding – Pyongyang

Monument to Party Founding - Pyongyang

Monument to Party Founding – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Monument to Party Founding – this pure Socialist monument symbolizes the workers, farmers and North Korean intellectuals through the sculpted hammer, brush and sickle. The monument was inaugurated on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea. The Workers Party of Korea monument was erected in October 1995. The belt represents the unity of the leader, the party and the people.

✅ Arch of Reunification – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Arch of Reunification – this monument was built to glorify and commemorate the Korean reunification project of the 2001 peace proposals.

✅ Palace of the Sun Kumsusan – Pyongyang

Palace of the Sun Kumsusan - Pyongyang

Palace of the Sun Kumsusan – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Palace of the Sun Kumsusan – this impressive sepulchral monument is located in an isolated area of Pyongyang. This is the actual memorial place for Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il – former leaders of the DPRK. Many people come here to pay their respect to them. A visit to Palace of the Sun is somehow surreal.

✅ Train Station – Pyongyang

Train Station - Pyongyang

Train Station – Pyongyang

ℹ️ Pyongyang Train Station – this station serves most of the biggest cities in DPRK and also two international night connections to Beijing and Moscow.

📷 Photo gallery – A different look at Pyongyang

📝 NOTE: this page is not politically biased nor am I writing on behalf of someone or any government. This page is about DPRK traveling and tourism. The reasons why I enjoyed my time in North Korea are immense – the same way I have many reasons to enjoy all the other more than 120 countries I have visited.

📝 NOTE: Also read my page Visit North Korea – Reasons why I liked DPRK – Explicit

Visual artist shares inspiring photos and exotic travel destinations. Adventure travel blogger with ideas and narratives to motivate independent travelers and audacious backpackers. Intense journeys into more than 126 countries around Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania since 1999. Expat in Morocco – North Africa since 2007, polyglot and proud Lonely Planet Pathfinders blogger.


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The monuments and attractions in Pyongyang are beautiful! I seldom come across posts about this city so I was curious when I saw your post. Thank you for sharing a face of Pyongyang that not many of us has the luxury to see. I like it that the article is non-political at all. I am just particularly interested of the place.

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Henrique Mitta
November 8, 2016 3:01 pm

Great article about pyongyang! Is it required any special permit to visit north korea?

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Hey,

Great article and great pictures. It is nice to see a different (non-political) view of Pyongyang. I am always surprised by the large scale of the city, coupled with the lack of huge crowds, and I think your photograph’s captured this well.

Thanks for posting,

Sarah

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Thank you for your friendly comment Sarah. Good to know you could notice my effort to write a non-political article about the city or the country. Thanks.

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