Grand People's Study House


This impressive building on Kim Il-sung Sq is the country’s largest library and centre of Juche studies, where any North Korean over 17 can come for free lectures. With over 30 million books, finding what you want is inevitably quite a challenge – and you will be proudly shown the impressive system of conveyor belts that can deliver books in seconds. You’ll also normally visit a reading room, a classroom, the intranet room and a room full of late-'80s cassette recorders.

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1. Kim Il-sung Square

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2. Korean National Art Gallery

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3. Korean Central History Museum

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

4. Taedong Gate

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This was the eastern gate of the ancient walled city of Pyongyang, built in the 6th century to defend the entrance to the inner fortress from the Taedong…

5. Tower of the Juche Idea

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This tower honours the North Korean philosophy of Juche and was unveiled to mark President Kim Il-sung's 70th birthday in 1982. Indeed, the tower is made…

6. Party Founding Museum

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Located on the southern slope of Haebang Hill is this museum that originally housed the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party, as well as Kim Il…

7. Potong Gate


The western gate of the original walled city of Pyongyang dates from the 6th century, but was rebuilt in the 15th century and then again in 1955.

8. Korean Revolution Museum

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