Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

금수산태양궁전 (錦繡山太陽宮殿)

Location: Pyongyang

Kumsusan Palace Of The Sun Pyongyang


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.


Travel Information


  • You are asked to dress smart for this visit. No jeans or open footwear.
  • When you enter you will have to leave behind your electronic devices at the counter. Photos are not permitted inside.
  • Do not be surprised to see Koreans grieving here. Note that this is regarded as a sacred and solemn place.
  • You will be asked to bow to a pair of statues of the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and their bodies, let us know in advance if this makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • The plaza outside is a good place to take a souvenir photo. Often, the locals will be happy to snap a shot with you here.
  • When entering, you will go through special machines that clean your shoes and blow dust off your body, before going to long travelators to the main building.


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Best times to visit

  • Open to foreign tourists on Sundays. Undergoes maintenance for several months in the year.

Kumsusan Palace Of The Sun Pyongyang

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First built in 1976, it served as Kim Il Sung’s official residence. Following Kim Il Sung’s death in 1994, it was converted into a mausoleum for him. After Kim Jong Il passed away in December 2011, his remains were also moved here and embalmed.

Fact File

  • Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s bodies are embalmed according to the techniques used for Lenin, Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong.
  • In Kim Jong Il’s train carriage you can see that he used an Apple MacBook Pro.
  • The display halls contain a lot of interesting memorabilia. Honourary degrees and titles from all over the world as well as medals from domestic and international groups, such as a medal commemorating victory over Japan in World War II granted by the Soviet Union.
  • The Palace is considered a national icon.


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