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.

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2. Ryugyong Hotel

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3. Mansudae Grand Monument

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4. Grand People's Study House


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5. Chollima Statue

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6. Kim Il-sung Square

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7. Korean Central History Museum

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8. Taedong Gate

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