Grand People's Study House, Pyongyang

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A landmark adjacent to the third largest plaza in the world, Grand People's Study House showcases books from a huge collection in different languages. Built in traditional Korean architectural style, the library celebrates Kim II-sung's 70th birthday. The building consists of 600 rooms, and while you cannot see them all, you can go through study rooms and impressive halls. Venture to the top of the library to see the view of Kim II-sung’s Square and the garden with fountains. The library offers lectures, as it represents the national center of Juche studies, the political ideology of North Korea. Our Pyongyang vacation planner makes visiting Grand People's Study House and other Pyongyang attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The N.Koreans are skilled builders.. This grandiose building on the main square was apparently built in 20 months, and our guide was very proud of that achievement. The building is very nice with an i...  more »
  • The inside of the Library is really quite ordinary - its big for sure but quite plain. The tour in theory is quite boring but deliciously so. They tried to impress me when they showed me that had book...  more »
  • I am not sure what to call this place. To Westerners this would be a combination of a vast library and an adult education centre on a scale not seen in the West. Amongst the books in the library we we...  more »
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  • I know this place, this is the place where everyone is taught to imitate the boy king..It's gotta feel good knowing you look up to a greasy fat bisexual coward..But then again, he does take after his father and grandfather..They were greasy fat bisexual cowards too..
  • They only have Korean books and they refuse to issue a library card to foreigners. You're better off to stroll to the nearby foreign book store on the corner of Somun St./Sungri St which is just a few block away from here.
  • Didn't read anything but me and Kim played a lot of Call of Duty. He sucks at it and the wifi is laggy but it was ok overall.
  • Would be better if it was more inclusive for not-so-grand people.
  • Saw Kim arrive here lately, he chose a bunch of people randomly to get sent to a special camp, rated 1 star, I didn't get to go.

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