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Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang

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The largest plaza in North Korea, Kim Il-sung Square takes central stage for military parades and other national celebrations. A massive area, the square boasts several buildings, including the national art gallery. On the opposite side, across the river, a landmark tower boldly overlooks the wide square. Some say the space can host over 100,000 people at once. Plan your Kim Il-sung Square visit and explore what else you can see and do in Pyongyang using our Pyongyang itinerary maker.
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  • Having seen the parades in this square on the news, it is a must see when in the City. Grand and imposing  more »
  • Even when empty, the square is a sight to behold. However, it's most memorable when it's packed with people - be it for a mass dance rehearsal or a communist procession.  more »
  • Really quite boring and there is always constant smell of sewers and urine. Met a business colleague in the square and managed to get quite a few good photographs of the immediate area. Wouldn't recom...  more »
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  • Been there. Best place ever. I met that kinda fat but kind guy. He is called Kim I don't think he is very famous. Anyway, Kim showed me what he likes to do in this country so he took random childrens and invited me to eat them. They were really good with salt. 10/10 would go there again!!
  • We visited here on a Sunday morning, there was around 300-400 women on their hands and knees scrubbing the floor! Very very surreal!! Apparently they do it every Sunday morning.
  • Arguably the most majestic public space in Pyongyang despite the political issues going on in the country and how the outside world portrays it. This is the testament that North Korea as a country is still a Kim Dynasty, the family that owns the country. To be there to witness that is a mixed feelings to many people, I personally feel that there's no where else in the world that you'd get this kind of tense environment by being particularly in this square, and it makes you wonder... if the people there are really satisfied as they appeared from the streets in Pyongyang or is there a side of Pyongyang that the mainstream media got to expose before us?
  • I got a few Beers with the supreme Leader before he told need go home to play his Xbox One with NFL 2017.
  • I would have rated this place 5 stars but I only can give it a 4 stars. I took a picture of the Great Leader here, and the police confiscated my camera and chopped off my right hand for being "a traitor of the state". Luckily, I am left handed and only use my right hand to wipe my ass. Great place to visit, just don't take pictures of the GREAT LEADER.

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