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Inside North Korea: The pastel architecture of Pyongyang

GALLERY
03.07.18
The Arch of Triumph (modelled on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but reputedly 10 metres taller because of its great triple-decker stack of rooftops) is built from 25,550 blocks of white granite, representing the number of days of Kim Il Sung’s life on his 70th birthday, when the structure was unveiled in 1982.
Cylindrical apartment towers for the Pyongyang elite line down the 4km- long avenue of Kwangbok Street, a ceremonial boulevard built for the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students.
The planetarium forms part of the Three Revolutions Exhibition park, a grand expo campus built in 1992 to showcase the ideological, technological and cultural achievements of North Korea, from heavy industry and mining to agriculture and electronics.
The breakfast buffet in the Koryo Hotel could be straight from a Wes Anderson film set.
Changgwang Health and Recreation Complex
Changgwang Health and Recreation Complex
The Changgwang Health and Recreation Complex was the city’s flagship health centre when it opened in 1980.
View from the top of the Tower of the Juche Idea in Pyongyang.

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