Kumsusan Memorial Palace
Lonely Planet review for Kumsusan Memorial Palace
Kim Il Sung's residence during his lifetime, Kumsusan remains so in death. The palace is eerie, with bricked in windows and a vast square cleared before it. The embalmed corpse of the Great Leader lies in state here on the top floor for the truly privileged to witness. Unlike Mao's and Lenin's mausoleums, access is not for the proles, but by invite only. Though tour groups are often able to go, it's always best to request this a long time before you travel.
The tone is unbearably sombre and anyone invited should be dressed smartly (shirts, ties and trousers for men, modest dress for women). The moving walkways that carry you into the palace seem somewhat incongruous with the seriousness accorded the visit, however. Just as eerie is the Tower of Immortality, under which the traffic to the palace must pass from central Pyongyang. This tower, one of hundreds throughout the country, bears the legend 'The Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung will always be with us'.