Pyongyang Attractions

Pyongyang Attractions

  • Arch of Triumph

    One of Pyongyang’s most iconic monuments, the Arch of Triumph is larger than its Parisian predecessor at 60 m (197 ft) high and 50 m (164 ft) wide. Built to commemorate Kim Il Sung’s role in the Korean resistance to Japanese colonialism from 1925 to 1945, it was opened on his 70th birthday in 1982. It is built from white granite and decorated with various reliefs, inscriptions, and carvings.

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  • Central Botanical Gardens

    A sprawling botanical garden located on the outskirts of Pyongyang, opposite the Pyongyang Central Zoo.

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  • Central Zoo

    Reopened after renovations in 2016, the Pyongyang Central Zoo features a variety of animals, from elephants to fish to reptiles, in indoor and outdoor enclosures. It also contains a natural history museum with life-sized dinosaur models.

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  • Changgwang Health Complex

    Constructed in the 1980s in grand socialist modernist style, Changgwang Health Complex is the largest and most iconic of the public health complexes that can be found all over the country. Take in this architectural statement from both the exterior and interior before making use of its facilities: barbers, saunas, public and private baths, massage and an Olympic swimming pool.

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  • Chollima Statue

    A bronze statue featuring Chollima, a winged horse from Korean mythology, with two riders on its back. It was unveiled in 1961 to commemorate the country’s rapid post-war reconstruction efforts.

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  • East Pyongyang No. 1 Middle School

    One of the middle schools tourists can visit. Take a tour of the facilities and school history museum, and drop in on a conversational English class and chat with students.

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  • Grand People’s Study House

    Located in the heart of Pyongyang right on Kim Il Sung Square opposite the Juche Tower, this monumental building was completed in 1982 in a Korean neoclassical style with traditional multi-layer gabled roofs. It is North Korea’s national library. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the inside, the grand lobby, reception, reading and study rooms, and finish off with the balcony which offers a wonderful view of central Pyongyang.

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  • Juche Tower

    Located along the banks of the Taedong River and opposite Kim Il Sung Square and the Grand People’s Study House in central Pyongyang, the Juche Tower is a monument dedicated to North Korea’s governing political ideology of Juche. The structure features a unique layered stone tower design topped with a torch which glows at night. A bronze statue of a worker, farmer and intellectual holding aloft the Korean Workers’ Party emblem decorates its base. Visitors can view the structure from the outside before entering to see the museum on the inside and taking an elevator to the top to enjoy a stunning view of Pyongyang.

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  • Kaeson Youth Park

    Open at night time and located right next to Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph (“kaeson” means “triumph”) and Kim Il Sung Stadium at the foot of Moran Hill park, Kaeson Youth Park is perhaps Pyongyang’s most popular amusement park. Here you can try out six heart-racing rides including a vertical drop, “belly down” rollercoaster and pendulum. You can also ride the bumper cars, have a snack at a food stall or restaurant, or visit the game centre. A good place to rub shoulders with the locals.

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  • Kang Ban Sok Advanced Middle School

    One of the middle schools tourists can visit. Take a tour of the facilities, drop in on a conversational English class and chat with students, and view a performance. The performance consists of music, dance and folk arts.

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  • Kim Hyong Jik University of Education

    Specialising in the training of teachers, Kim Hyong Jik University of Education is one of the DPRK’s top universities. Its Korean language faculty is regarded as the best for teaching Korean as a foreign language.

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  • Kimilsungia Kimjongilia Exhibition

    Kimilsungia is a tropical orchid strain named after North Korea’s first leader Kim Il Sung. Kimjongilia is a begonia strain named after Kim Il Sung’s son and second leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il. Around the times of their birthdays it is possible to visit an exhibition hall on the banks of the Taedong River to see elaborate Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia floral displays.

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  • Kim Il Sung Square

    Pyongyang, and the country’s main public square. It is bordered by the Taedong River, and some of Pyongyang’s most iconic monuments such as the Tower of the Juche Idea and the Grand People’s Study House, as well as the Korea Art Gallery, Central History Museum, and several important government ministries. It is where North Korea’s famous parades are held.

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  • Kim Il Sung University

    Founded not long after independence in 1946, Kim Il Sung University is North Korea’s top university. Visitors can take a walk through the campus, visit the university museum, electronic library and swimming pool. The opportunity to meet students can also be arranged.

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  • Kim Song Ju Elementary School

    A primary school located by the Taedong River in the heart of Pyongyang. Visitors can play table tennis with the children, see the school museum and facilities, and view a children’s performance.

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  • Korea Stamp Exhibition Hall (Tongil Street)

    An exhibition hall for North Korean postage stamps located in Tongil Street. You can also buy stamps in the shop, and eat at the attached restaurant downstairs.

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  • Korean People’s Army Circus

    One of the two circuses you can see in Pyongyang. The show is a mix of acrobatics, comedy, and other acts. The entertainers perform at a very high level.

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  • Kumrung Leisure Complex

    A gymnasium/leisure complex located on the banks of the Taedong River in East Pyongyang. If you need a workout this is the place to come.

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  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

    The mausoleum where the bodies of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. It is a grand, sprawling complex surrounded by a large square and a moat. Visitors see the bodies of North Korea’s former leaders and tour exhibition halls displaying their possessions. On display are also the train carriages and a boat used to the tour the country on “on-the-spot-guidance” visits.

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  • Mangyongdae Native House

    The humble thatched hut on the outskirts of Pyongyang where North Korea’s first leader Kim Il Sung was born and raised. Now a site of revolutionary pilgrimage and prominent North Korean cultural icon, visitors can see his family home and possessions and drink from the well. Usually busy with locals coming to pay tribute and take souvenir photos, especially on occasions such as the leader’s birthday and other public holidays.

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  • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace

    Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace is a public facility where children can engage in a range of extra-curricular activities such as music, dance, calligraphy, embroidery, and computing. Visitors can take a tour of the facilities, meet children at their lessons, and view an impressive performance.

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  • Mansudae Art Studio

    North Korea’s top artistic studio. It is tasked with designing all of North Korea’s large monuments as well as the portraits, statues, paintings and murals featuring its leaders, which it alone has permission to produce. The artists here also create all kinds of other art and even even produce works for the international market. They work in sculpture, oil painting, Chosonhwa (a style that fuses traditional East Asian ink-painting with elements from Western oil painting), ceramics, and calligraphy. In our tour we’ll be able to view the workplaces of local artists, and chat with them about their work. We’ll also see the studio’s shop and gallery.

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  • Mansu Hill Grand Monument

    The largest and most famous pair of bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il that can be found in each of North Korea’s major cities. They are situated on a hill in the centre of Pyongyang offering magnificent views of the city. The statues are 22 metres high and flanked on both sides by elaborate sculptures, one depicting Korea’s struggle for independence against Japanese colonialism, the other dealing with socialist revolution.

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  • Meari Shooting Range

    A shooting range located in the Chongchun Street Sports Village. Shoot at targets with rifles and revolvers, or shoot arrows in the archery range.

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  • Mirae Scientists Street

    A high-rise residential district along the banks of the Taedong River featuring some very colourful and interesting architecture, including a building with an atom-shaped design. The apartments are for staff of Kim Chaek University of Technology, thus the street is called “Mirae Scientists Street”.

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  • Mirim Riding Club

    Here you can ride the horses, view equestrian shows, and relax at the beer and snacks stand.

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  • Moranbong Park

    Moran Hill (“Moran” meaning “peony”), also known as “Moranbong”, in central Pyongyang forms a beautiful park which has been a popular leisure spot for locals since premodern times. Take a leisurely stroll through the grounds and enjoy the wonderful view of the Taedong River and centre of Pyongyang from Ulmildae and other Yi Dynasty pavilions atop the peak. On weekends and public holidays the park is full of picnicking Koreans engaged in drinking, song and dance. These are good opportunities to mix with the locals. Practice your best moves—you may be pulled into a dance!’’

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  • Moranbong Theatre

    A theatre located in Moranbong Park. Features a Soviet-influenced neoclassical design. It is one of the oldest buildings in Pyongyang. State Symphony Orchestra performances can be attended here.

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  • Munsu Water Park

    A waterpark featuring indoor and outdoor sections with various waterslides, fountains, pools, diving platforms, children’s area, and other installations. A popular weekend leisure spot for Pyongyangites. Also features several restaurants and one of the best cafes in Pyongyang.

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  • Okryu Children’s Hospital

    A colourfully designed and decorated children’s hospital. Foreign tourists can take a tour of the facilities.

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  • Party Founding Monument

    A giant concrete monument consisting of three hands holding aloft a hammer, sickle and a brush, together representing the emblem of the Korean Worker’s Party. View the monument from the outside before stepping inside to see the bronze reliefs on the inside depicting the history of the Korean Worker’s Party and its role in the Korean socialist revolution.

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  • Party Founding Museum

    The building where according to North Korean official histories, Kim Il Sung founded the Korean Worker’s Party. It has since been preserved as a museum to the history of the Korean Worker’s Party. The building is also architecturally significant as one of the few examples of Japanese colonial architecture left standing in Pyongyang after the Korean War.

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  • People’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

    An ice skating rink attached to Ryugyong Health Complex and adjacent to the Roller Skating Rink along the Eastern bank of the Taedong River. Rent a pair of skates and enjoy ice skating with locals here all year around.

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  • People’s Palace of Culture

    A large and architecturally impressive complex located on the banks of the Potonggang River. It is used for large-scale events. Its architectural style mixes socialist modernism with traditional-style tile roofs.

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  • Pyongyang Embroidery Institute

    Located by the famous Ryugyong Hotel in an architecturally unique building with traditional Korean design influences, the Pyongyang Embroidery Institute as its name suggests specialises in the production of embroidery. The works produced here are exquisitely detailed, and range from large sized embroidered paintings to smaller designs.

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  • Pyongyang Informatics Centre

    A shop and office complex featuring a modern, courtyard-centred design.

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  • Pyongyang International Football School

    A school that specialises in soccer training. Functions as a normal school where students take their Korean, math and other classes while cultivating their talent as soccer athletes. Also takes in a small number of foreign students. Visitors can take a tour of the grounds and if the opportunity arises test their ball skills too.

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  • Pyongyang Maternity Hospital

    A large maternity hospital and medical training centre located in Pyongyang. The Pyongyang Maternity Hospital is a North Korean cultural icon that features regularly in the state media. Visitors can take a tour of the facilities.

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  • Pyongyang Metro

    Containing 16 stops and two lines, the Pyongyang Metro is one of the deepest subway systems in the world. First constructed in the 1960s, it displays a similar grand style to its predecessor in Moscow, with stops featuring elaborate murals, mosaics and sculptures alongside ornate pillars and chandeliers. Visitors can descend into the subway down an escalator with a vertical depth of over 50 metres, and tour from stop to stop while riding in the subway trains alongside local passengers.

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  • Pyongyang Ostrich Farm

    An Ostrich farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang. Raises ostriches for eggs, meat, leather and feathers.

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  • Railway Revolution Museum

    A museum dedicated to North Korea’s railway construction projects. Features maps and explanations of the country’s railways, decommissioned trains, and a 360 panorama depicting railway construction.

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  • Roller Skating Park

    A roller skating rink located by the People’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink and Ryugyong Health Complex along the Eastern bank of the Taedong River. Rent a pair of skates and enjoy some roller blading with the Koreans. A good place to mix with locals, and especially popular among children.

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  • Rungra Amusement Park

    An amusement park on Rungna Island in the Taedong River. Boasts state of the art roller coaster rides.

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  • Rungra Waterpark

    A waterpark located on Rungra Island in the Taedong River, near the May the 1st Stadium. Features bathing areas, diving pool, and water slides.

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  • Ryongak Mountain

    A hill on the outskirts of Pyongyang and popular hiking spot. Enjoy the hike up to the top. Takes about an hour and is moderately strenuous.

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  • State Gift Hall

    While the International Friendship Exhibition in Mount Myohyang houses gifts given to Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un from foreigners, the State Gift Hall on the outskirts of Pyongyang stores and displays gifts from Koreans. This includes gifts from Koreans in both North and South Korea, and overseas Koreans in Japan, China, and other parts of the world. Gifts are housed in sections according to place of origin.

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  • Taesongsan Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery

    The cemetery where the remains of those who participated in the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle are interred. Bronze busts adorn each grave. The cemetery is constructed on a hillside and boasts a magnificent view of Pyongyang city.

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  • Tomb of King Tangun

    Tomb of the mythical founder of Korea’s first state Gochoson, King Tangun. Features a grand stone ziggurat surrounded by monuments and with a series of statues lining the path to the entrance. Visitors can enter the tomb and see the bones of King Tangun.

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  • Tomb of King Tongmyong

    The tomb of King Tongmyong (58–19 BC), the founder of the ancient Korean state of Koguryo (37 BC–668 AD).

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  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum

    The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum is a museum dedicated to North Korea’s 1953 “victory” over the United States and its allies in the Fatherland Liberation War, commonly known as the Korean War in the West. Learn the history of the Korean War from the North’s perspective through elaborate museum displays and videos in the main hall, and see a grand panorama of the Battle of Daejon. By the entrance are war-themed monumental statues and displays featuring captured and downed American vehicles, tanks, artillery and planes. Visitors can also tour the USS Pueblo, which was in 1968 found in Korean waters and accused of being a spy ship, after which it was captured and taken to Pyongyang where it has been kept as a trophy ever since.

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