Tower of the Juche Idea
- SE of Kim Il Sung Sq City Centre
- lift ₩5
Lonely Planet review for Tower of the Juche Idea
On the other side of the Taedong River from Kim Il Sung Sq, this honours Kim Il Sung's philosophy Juche, and was unveiled to mark the president's 70th birthday in 1982. Indeed, the tower is made up of 25,550 granite blocks - one for every day of Kim's life until his 70th birthday. The tower stands at 170m and a trip to the top by lift is well worth it, providing a great view over the capital on a clear day.
For the best views go in the morning, as the sun is still in the east, lighting up the western, more interesting side of the city. The pavilions surrounding the tower feature a trio of workers holding aloft the emblem of the DPRK and in the river immediately in front are two water jets that reach 150m on the rare occasions they are working.