what will you see in North Korea?

by travelDPRK 

(from: Dec 26, 2008 to: Dec 29, 2011)

What you will see in north Korea? GAOLI museum GAOLI museum was the highest education place during GAOLI period; it was built in BC 992. it is the earliest university in Korea. The school opened some subject like law poemmath and other subjects. The school has accommodations for the students. It covered 20 thousand square meters. It has 12 main buildings and 6 subsidiary buildings. Right now this building was used as a museum. There are a lot of antiques was exhibition here. There are stone tower and stone monument around the museum. Panmunjom Highlights: Panmunjeoms attraction lies not in what you see or do, but more how it all makes you feel. Its a unique place; with 130,000 visitors a year, it offers the briefest of glimpses into the worlds most capricious and reclusive state, and the last chance to see the Cold War at full, frightening freeze. The Joint Security Area - Panmunjeoms official name is less than 1 square kilometer in size. The Souths Freedom House and the Norths Panmungak administrative buildings face each other on opposite sides of the Military Demarcation line, which forms the border between the U.N. and North Korean controlled zones. Straddling the M.D.L. are three rectangular huts, the venues for military armistice talks that have been ongoing since 1953. The highlight of the tour is the chance to enter the central hut, where the Military Armistice Commission discussions still take place. Once inside, the guide begins his talk with the news that those of you on my left are now in the communist North Korea, while those on my right are relatively safe in the democratic South. No matter where you start, everybodys free to walk across the first 3m of carpeted North Korean soil. The other most memorable moment of the tour is the drive past of the Bridge of No Return and the short walk to Checkpoint Number Three, where you can look across fields and propaganda boards to the North Korean showcase village Gijong-dong (Peace Village in Korean, Propaganda Village in American English) and the worlds tallest flagpole. Arch of Triumph The Arch of Triumph was erected to commemorate the triumphal return home of President Kim Il Sung after the achievement of national liberation. I was unveiled in April, 1982 on the occasion of his 70th birthday. It is located at the foot of Moran Hill. The Arch was built with more than 10,500 granite blocks. It is 60 m. high and 52.5 m. wide. The gateway of the arch is 27 m. high and 18.6 m. wide. Inscribed on the arch are the Song of General Kim Il Sung and the figures 1925 and 1945. The two years mark the years when President Kim set out on the path of national liberation and when he returned home in triumph after achieving national liberation from the Japanese. Mt. Myohyangsan Mt. Myohyangsan is 1,909m tall, and is named Mt. Myohyangsan because of its strange and beautiful shape. The temperature average is 8.3. There are a wide variety of plants as well as rare animals. Historically the mountain is significant because in 1592 (25th year of King Seonjeos rule, Joseon era), when faced with the Japanese invading forces, the monk Hyujeong gathered a militia of monks in the mountain in defense of the nation. Making it even more attractive as a tourist spot is the Dangunsa, which contains relics of Dangun, founder of Gojeoseon- the very first nation on the Korean peninsula. Also in the area is the International Friendship Display, which exhibits various gifts given to Ilseong Kim and Jeongil Kim from nations around the world. Mt. Kumgang Mt. Kumgang is renowned for their scenic beauty; it has various spectacular mountain carved our of granite rocks, a series of rocky pinnacles piercing the sky, deep and narrow canyons with nearly vertical granite walls and a number of water falls and rapids along the stream. Its natural scenery is due to a large measure to the special geological structure of the area. The mountain consists mainly of granite and diorite. Long weathering produced mountain formations and cliffs of multifarious shapes. The variation in geographical location and weather and climatic conditions, too, contributed to the formation of Mt. Kumgang. Situated at the northern tip of the Taebaek Mountains which stretch along the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, the mountain covers an area of 400 square kilometers, runs 60 kilometers in length and has a width of 40 kilometers from east to west. The highest peak of the mountain is Piro Peak. On account of its consummate scenic beauty, the mountain has been given four names each for the four seasons by Korean people from time immemorial. In spring, when various kinds of flowers are in bloom and emit fragrance, they are called Kumgang (Diamond) Mountains because they sparkle like diamonds; in summer when their sheer cliffs are enveloped by drifting clouds and clad in green foliage and full of singing birds, they pass under the name of the Pongrae Mountains; in autumn when they are aflame with autumnal colors and moonlight mirrored in the blue streams adds beauty of them, they go by the name of Pungak mountains; and in winter when they present an attractive snowscape and are solemnized by ice pillars, they are called the Kaegonal Mountains (But they have come to be widely known generally as the Kumgang Mountain.) About 750 species of plants can be found on the mountain. Its fauna comprises 38 species of beasts, 130 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles, 10 species of batrachiants, and 24 species of fishes. The mountain is devided into three areas each with distinctive topographical features -- The Inner Kumgang, the Outer Kumgang and the Sea Kumgang. The Inner Kumgang is often compared to womanly beauty for its sweet and enchanting views including the Manpok Ravine which is the apotheosis of Mt. Kumgang's beautiful ravines; the Outer Kumgang is likened to manly beauty for its numerous peaks including the Chipson Peak of Manmulsang (Rocks of Ten Thousand Features) which exemplifies beauty of the mountains and for its many waterfalls; and the Sea Kumgang is renowned for its exciting and delightful seascape and for the serene beauty of its charming lagoons. Kim Il-sungs birthplace Kim Il Sung born 15th of April 1912, left home alone when he was 13 years old,this place is called wanjingtai it is a beautiful place. It is heard that you can see ten thousand sceneries here so it is called wanjingtai( ten thousand sceneries platform). In the old days some rich family buy this place to entomb their relatives cause fenshui here is good. And they will hire some people to look after the tomb. Kim il sungs grandfather stayed here to look after the tomb and do some work on the farm. Kim il sung was born in this kind of family. Every April the 15th a lot of people came here for remembering kim il sung. Tower of the Juche Idea The Tower of the Juche Idea was opened in April 15, 1982 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of President Kim Il Sung. The tower was built to honor Kim Il Sung, the author of the Juche idea so that his revolutionary exploits would be remembered for all ages. Measuring 556 ft. 170 m. in total height, the tower itself is 492 ft. 150 m. high and the torch is an additional 66 ft. 20 m. high. The Juche idea means that the masters of the revolution and construction are the masses of the people and that they are also the motive force of the revolution and construction. In other words, one is responsible for ones own destiny and one also has the capacity to shape ones own destiny. The Juche idea is the guiding idea of the Korean revolution evolved by President Kim Il Sung. The Workers Party of Korea and the Government of the Republic head the revolution and construction, guided by the Juche idea. In a niche at the back of the pedestal is a wall adorned with 230 granite and gem stone blocks sent by political and public figures, Juche idea study groups, and friendship organizations in over 80 countries around the world. Additional large sculptures around the tower depict Juche Industry, Bumper Harvest, The Land of Learning, Juche Art, Longevity, and Impregnable Fortress. A sculpture in front of the tower is a trio holding aloft the emblem of the Workers Party of Korea. An elevator (for an charge of about 12) takes visitors to an observation platform on the top of the tower. The view of the city is worth the extra cost. Monument to Party Foundation-Korean Workers' Party Pyongyang has its towering monuments devoted to the wisdom of kimilsungism, but few could be so imposing as the Monument to Party Foundation. Erected in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean Workers' Party, each part of this statute stands 164 feet tall and is designed, in the words of the official PYONGYANG REVIEW, to be symbolic of the single-minded unity of the leader, Party, and people, Unlike the traditional communist symbol of hammer and sickle for workers and peasants, North Korea's emblem, as shown here, features a writing brush for intellectuals -- supposedly used to reinforce the importance of education after the country's post-war brain drain. Mansudae Grand Monument The Mansudae Grand Monument, a 20m-high bronze statue of Kim Il-Sung erected to commemorate his 60th birthday in 1972. The mosaic on the wall of the Korean Revolution Museum in the background depicts Mt Paektu, the tallest mountain in Korean and sacred birthplace of the revolution which symbolises the ancient and ever-continuing revolutionary spirit of the Korean people. Apparently. The Mansudae Grand Monument is flanked by two memorials depicting the revolutionary struggle. Each has a 23x5m red flag, and the two feature a combined total of 228 revolutionary figures including farmers, workers and soldiers. Chollima statue When everything had to be rebuilt after the war, a slogan was invented Charge forward with the speed of Chollima! The horseman is a worker with a Korean Workers Party address in his hand. A woman with rice in her hands is sitting behind dim. When everything had to be rebuilt after the war, a slogan was invented Charge forward with the speed of Chollima! The horseman is a worker with a Korean Workers Party address in his hand. A woman with rice in her hands is sitting behind dim. The monument was erected in 1961. Its height is 46 meters. Arirang Festival 100,000 North Korean residents trained for a year to perform at the Arirang Festival (The Mass Games). The state's immense, immaculately choreographed display of culture, one of the rare events to which foreigners are invited. The huge backdrops are made from human pixels, 50000 of performers holding sequences of coloured placards. this was communist precision at its best. The sights unfolding across from us were amazing. The flowers you see in the picture above are part of one large image - a collage formed by 50,000 people holding large, colored cards above their heads. With a shout from the director a low roar would roll across the stadium as people flipped or switched their cards to make the next image. It was like a giant slide show only with the pictures being formed, one by one, by 50,000 people working in unison. A different image rolled across the whole far side of the stadium every couple of seconds, all coordinated with tens of thousands of other performers on the stadium floor. This was going to be something special . .

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