Architecture

Pyongyang Arch of Triumph

Bigger is better in North Korea, and standing at 60 meters the Pyongyang Arch is the World’s largest triumphal arch – sorry Paris.

Pyongyang Arch of Triumph

As a gift from Kim Jong-il to Kim Il-sung for his 70th birthday, the arch has 25,500 blocks of white granite, each representing a day in his life up to that point – another equally impressive 70th birthday gift with the same sort of construction numerology is the Tower of the Juche Idea.

The arch was commemorated to highlight the 1925-1945 revolutionary struggles and victory over the occupying Japanese forces. Supposedly there are rooms and viewing pavilions but I have never been let inside or had a closeup look.


Pyongyang Apartments

Pyongyang Apartment North Korea

A view of typical housing arrangements in Pyongyang, North Korea – photo by Joseph A Ferris III


A Bird’s Eye View of Pyongyang – Post #2

Pictures of Pyongyang, North Korea taken from the top of Juche Tower.

Pyongyang, North Korea

Monument to the Founding of the North Korean Workers’ Party.

Pyongyang, North Korea

East bank of the Taedong River, old Pyongyang City.

Pyongyang, North Korea

East bank of the Taedong River, old Pyongyang City.

Pyongyang, North Korea

East bank of the Taedong River, old Pyongyang City.

Pyongyang, North Korea

East bank of the Taedong River, old Pyongyang City.

Pyongyang Mansudae Housing Project

Pyongyang Mansudae housing project.

Kim Il-sung Square Pyongyang

Kim Il-sung Square Pyongyang.

All photos by Joseph A Ferris III


A Bird’s Eye View of Pyongyang – Post #1

Pictures taken from the top floors of the Yanggakdo International Hotel showing Pyongyang bathed in the light of sunset.

Pyongyang, North Korea

View of the famous Ryugyong Hotel.

Pyongyang, North Korea

Taedong River and the Juche Tower.

Pyongyang, North Korea

View of Pyongyang looking east.

Pyongyang, North Korea

View of Pyongyang looking east.

Pyongyang, North Korea

View of Pyongyang looking east.

Pyongyang, North Korea

River dredge on the Taedong.

All photos by Joseph A Ferris III


Pyongyang Mansudae Housing Complex

Kim II Sung and Kim Jong-il Pyongyang

Built in 100 days* to commemorate the 100th birthday of ‘eternal president’ Kim Il-sung, the new Mansudae housing project is the latest addition to the Pyongyang skyline. Also seen in the picture above is a new mural of Kim Jong-il. Conspicuously absent during his lifetime, grand murals and statues of Kim Jong-il are being unveiled and installed throughout Pyongyang.

Pyongyang Mansudae Housing Project

View of the Mansudae housing complex as seen from the base of Juche Tower.

Pyongyang Mansudae Housing Project

View of Mansudae housing complex as seen from the top of Juche Tower.

 

Video of the Mansudae housing complex nighttime light show – shocking evidence of change in the DPRK considering that last summer the city was blacked out by power shortages every night by 9PM.

*Although said to have been built in 100 days, I was told the construction of the Mansudae housing complex  took a little longer than that – but it was still done in an amazingly quick time. I don’t remember any construction in that area of the city during my summer 2011 visit.


Kaesŏng Old Town

Photos from the Kaesŏng old town, DPRK, North Korea. We were not allowed to walk there, only take pictures from a viewpoint from high above.

Kaesŏng Old Town

Kaesŏng Old Town

Kaesŏng Old Town

Kaesŏng Old Town

Kaesŏng Roof Tiles


Pyongyang Architecture

Below is a series of photos detailing the architecture of buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea – not the grand monuments, gigantic government buildings, and strange hotels, but the ordinary buildings that make up the majority of the city.

Pyongyang Building

Pyongyang Building

Pyongyang Apartments

Pyongyang Skyline

Pyongyang, North Korea

Kim Il-sung and a Pyongyang Smoke Stack