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Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang

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Monument Tourist Spot
An impressive landmark of Pyongyang, Tower of the Juche Idea honors the country's "Juche" philosophy of unity, self-reliance, and self-defense. Take an elevator to the top of the 170 m (560 ft) tall tower to get a sweeping view of the huge city. The structure features a 20 m (66 ft) tall metal torch that glows at night, and 30 m (98.4 ft) tall sculpture of three standing figures raising a hammer, a sickle, and a brush high in the air. Erected in 1982 on President Kim Il-sung's 70th birthday, the monument lies next to the Taedong River, where locals come for a relaxing stroll. The structure is a must-see from its top. To visit Tower of the Juche Idea on your holiday in Pyongyang, and find out what else Pyongyang has to offer, use our Pyongyang holiday planner.
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  • The Juche tower gives visitors a great view of Pyongyang. This is due to the fact the tower is not that high. It is around 170 meters high. It means that from the top it is possible to see clearly all...  more »
  • Unfortunately this landmark was closed for ariel viewings. A broken lift meant our observations were from ground level. But a suitably impressive structure.  more »
  • Impressive structure on the east bank, great views of the city from the top, you are met with a Juche tower guide down the bottom, pass thru massive concrete doors, you can open easily on a pivot syst...  more »

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Hotels remain just about the only form of accommodation in Pyongyang, with options ranging from budget stays to luxury complexes featuring restaurants, shopping, and even casinos. The one budget hotel is often filled, but on the other end of the spectrum, the capital has many more mid-range to pricey options with exciting amenities, including one that operates a casino out of the basement of its 47-story structure.
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