Guide to Pyongyang Tour
For those wishing to make a tour of Pyongyang, Korea's revolutionary capital to where late President Kim Il Sung returned in triumph after accomplishing the cause of national liberation, PK carries must-see famous sites in Pyongyang.
Tips for Pyongyang Tour
-- The DPRK prohibits American citizens from visiting Pyongyang in protest against the U.S.imposed TWEA (Trade with Enemy Acts) sanction.
-- There is no need of worrying about your having visited south Korea in the past.
-- You should order the DPRK visa three weeks before so that your travel agencies at home can properly arrange your trip schedule.
-- When flying over to the DPRK via China, you have only two flights a week between Beijing and Pyongyang on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You should arrange the flight to Beijing and hotels there by yourself. The costs vary depending on your routes and schedules.
-- You can also enter the DPRK using the international trains from Beijing, which will take some 23 hours to reach Pyongyang.
Grand Monument on Mansu Hill
The Korean people erected this monument on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang in April 1972. It expresses their unanimous desire to have the late President Kim Il Sung's immortal revolutionary exploits remembered throughout the ages and their aspiration to carry forward and complete the revolutionary cause of Juche initiated by him.
The great leader's bronze statue shows his majestic figure looking to the horizon with his left hand resting on his waist and his right hand raised to indicate the road for the people to follow.
Tower of Juche Idea
In 1982, on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the late President Kim Il Sung, the Tower of Juche Idea was erected in the heart of the capital city, Pyongyang. Made of well-dressed white granite, it was designed in a unique traditional Korean fashion of stone tower construction and executed in a grand yet graceful modern style of formative art.
The body of the 150-meter tall tower symbolizing the late President Kim Il Sung's ideological contributions is capped by a 20-meter high torch as a symbol of the rays of Juche. In front of it there is a 30 meter high trio group of worker, peasant and working intellectual which displays the spirit of north Koreans forging vigorously ahead under the banner of the Workers' Party.
Arch of Triumph
The Arch of Triumph was erected in 1982 on the Triumph Return Square at the foot of Moran Hill in the capital city of Pyongyang, as a manifestation of north Koreans' firm wish and unshaken resolve to eulogize and glorify forever the late President Kim Il Sung's immortal exploits.
This is precisely the historic place where the late President Kim Il Sung, who had set out on the road of revolution while still a boy, offered his first greeting to Koreans after leading the 20-year-long anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle to victory and returning home in triumph.
A grand structure 60 meters high and 50 meters wide, the Arch of Triumph is a stone edifice piled up with over 10,500 pieces of finely-dressed white granite.
The Chonllima Statue stands for the heroism and invincible fighting spirit of the Korean people. It stands for their ceaseless innovations and continuous advance at the speed of Chollima, the legendary winged horse that is said to cover a thousand ri in a day. It was completed on Mansu Hill on April 15,1961.
The statue stands 46 meters high (from the surface of the pavement to the top of the Red Letter.) The cast statue is 14 meters high and 16 meters long.
Mounted on the winged horse are a worker in front and a young peasant woman behind. The worker who rushes ahead on the Chollima, holding high the "Red Letter" of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, represents the working class of Korea. The peasant woman holding a large sheaf of rice in her arms symbolizes north Korea's fast advancing peasantry.
Kim Il Sung University
Kim Il Sung University was founded on October 1, 1946, as the first people's institution of higher education in Korea. It is located near Mt. Ryongnam.
The university has many faculties and departments of social and natural sciences, different scientific research institutions, and postgraduate and doctoral courses.
Kim Il Sung University comprises the main building (with a floor space of 13,500 square meters), the No. 1 building (46,000 square meters), the No. 2 building (52,000 square meters) and others including a science library with a stock of over two million books, reading rooms and study rooms with over 1,200 seats, a natural museum, a publishing house, a printing shop, a laboratory apparatus factory and various other auxiliary facilities, hostels with sleeping accommodations for over 10,000 students, refectories, a hospital, general service facilities and so on.
Students from many other countries are also studying at the university.
Grand People's Study House
This is situated on Namsan Hill in the heart of Pyongyang. It was opened on April 1, 1982. An important center for the project of intellectualizing the whole of society and a sanctuary of learning for the entire people, the Grand People's Study House has a total floor space of 100,000 square meters and can house 30 million books, Everyday it can admit in excess of 12,000 people. It has more than 600 rooms including reading rooms with ideal conditions for study, lecture and recording rooms, information rooms and question-and-answer rooms furnished in contemporary style.
In the general catalogue room, when the reader finds the card for the book he wants and ask for it, the librarian pushes a signal button. Then the required book will emerge via the inertial remote carriage device.
The Pyongyang Metro which is a lasting monument created by the Korean people is providing an excellent service to the working people of the capital city. It consists of two lines which cross each other. Each station is named after words associated with revolution such as "Ponghwa" (Torchlight), "Sungri" (Victory) "Tongil" (Reunification), "Chonu" (Comrade-in-Arms), etc.
They display a diversity of architectural beauty in form and content as they differ in size and structure while each one has its own individual features. Some of them have wide-open spaces and others are decked with fine pillars.
Located behind the River Taedong, Okryugwan is the most famous restaurant in the DPRK which serve raenmyong -- a cold noodle soup flavored with beef, chicken, vegetables, fruit and spices.
After you are ushered in the spacious 3,650-seats dinning hall, a waitress will ask you, "How much weight of noodle would you have?" If you have no idea how to answer, try 200 grams, a norm for Pyongyangites.
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