Monument to the Foundation of the Workers' Party


This startlingly bombastic monument has starred on the cover of more books about North Korea than almost any other. The three hands portrayed represent the worker (holding a hammer), the peasant (holding a scythe) and the intellectual (holding a writing brush). It's an enjoyable visit, not least because you're in the middle of the city and curious locals often pass by.

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2. Taedong Gate

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3. Liberation Tower

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4. Mansudae Grand Monument

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5. Korean Central History Museum

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6. Moran Hill

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