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.
- Photography is not permitted inside the building.
- You can step outside on the balcony, where refreshments are sold.
Best times to visit
The complex was opened in 2012, the year in which the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth was celebrated.
- The hall houses many gifts from Chongryon, a pro-North organisation for ethnic Koreans in Japan (“zainichi” Koreans).
- You can also see gifts from South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun, who each visited Pyongyang in the 2000s, as well as gifts from the heads of South Korean companies such as Hyundai who were interested in expanding business to North Korea during the years of the Sunshine Policy (of North-South engagement).
- The hall also contains a dish with a painting of Kim Jong Il clad in Koguryo-period scale armour riding a tiger at the top of Mount Paektu. On the opposite side he is smoking a cigarette as the tamed beast lies about.