This is Pyongyang’s top recreation ground for the masses. Couples wander, families picnic and there are people playing guitars and...
Mansudae Grand Monument
Every itinerary features this larger-than-life bronze statue of the Great Leader, to which a statue of Kim Jong-il was added in 2012...
Just north of the Mansudae Grand Monument is the Chollima Statue – a bronze statue of the Korean Pegasus, the steed Chollima. It’s an...
Cinema, theatre and opera trips are possible (although rare), and while films, operas or plays aren't likely to be of a particularly...
The TV Tower has a great restaurant at the top with some breath-taking views over the city. It's a popular lunchtime stop.
Triumphal Arch information
Your guides will tell you with barely concealed glee that the Triumphal Arch is 3m higher than its cousin in Paris, making it the largest of its kind in the world.
The arch marks the site where Kim Il-sung first addressed the liberated Koreans after the end of Japanese occupation in 1945. The gloss you hear will omit the fact that the Soviets liberated Pyongyang, not Kim Il-sung’s partisans, who themselves gave full credit to the Soviets at the time. An impressive mural a short walk away details the event according to the legend and pictures a young Kim addressing a wildly enthusiastic local population. Set back from the arch is the Kim Il-sung Stadium, where you’ll often see pioneers and school children practising for the mass games and military parades.