Monument in Pyongyang

Chollima Statue

This impressive statue portrays Chollima, the Korean Pegasus. It’s an interesting example of how the North Korean state has incorporated traditional Korean myths into its cult. According to legend, Chollima could co…
Monument in Pyongyang

Historic Pyongyang

To see something of Pyongyang's prewar history is a challenge. The Taedong Gate was the eastern gate to the original walled city of Pyongyang, and was built in the 6th century. The current gate was rebuilt in 1635, …
Square in Pyongyang

Kim Il-sung Square

Pyongyang’s central square is where North Korea’s massive military parades normally take place. The plaza is ringed by austere-looking buildings: most impressive of these is the Grand People’s Study House, the count…
Architectural in Pyongyang

Kim Il Sung's Birthplace

Kim Il Sung's Birthplace is a collection of traditional huts: a typical Korean peasant house with a thatched roof and a block of living rooms, as well as a small barn, most of which looks like it's been built in the…
Museum in Pyongyang

Korean Central History Museum

The Korean Central History Museum is all rather predictable – a large number of exhibits about the North's struggle against imperialism and oppression.
Museum in Pyongyang

Korean Revolution Museum

Despite the museum’s rather misleading name, its main function is to document the death of Kim Il-sung (including a film of the extraordinary public reaction to it) and the succession of Kim Jong-il during the turbu…
Monument in Pyongyang

Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun

Kim Il-sung’s residence during his lifetime, the Kumsusan Palace remained so after his death. North Koreans come here en masse to pay their respects to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, both of whom now lie embalmed in g…
Area in Pyongyang


Located 8km from the centre of Pyongyang, Mangyongdae has long been a destination for day trippers from the capital, due to its idyllic setting amid the gentle hills where the Sunhwa River flows into the Taedong. Th…
Arts Centre in Pyongyang

Mangyongdae Children’s Palace

This centre for extracurricular activity – from martial arts to the playing of traditional instruments – makes for a great visit. The palace visit includes displays of incredibly talented martial artists, gymnasts a…
Amusement Park in Pyongyang

Mangyongdae Funfair

To relax after relentless propaganda, the Mangyongdae Funfair is a pleasant oasis built around the base of Song Hill, where you can relax with some day trippers from the capital. You can throw a ball at American imp…