Liberation Tower


This stone column topped with a red star commemorates the Soviet liberation of Pyongyang from Japanese rule in 1945. Built in 1947, it is thoroughly Soviet in style, contrasting sharply with the very idiosyncratic later North Korean style of monument you'll see elsewhere in Pyongyang.

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1. Moran Hill

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2. Chilsong Gate

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3. Triumphal Arch

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4. Chollima Statue

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5. Kim Il-sung Mural


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6. Mansudae Grand Monument

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7. Korean Revolution Museum

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8. Sino-Korean Friendship Tower

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