Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang

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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. Using our world travel planner, Pyongyang attractions like Tower of the Juche Idea can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • September 26, 2017
    I was a bit reluctant going upstairs on the tower, because the weather was foggy, but I was told that it would still be nice. Indeed it was. What a view! All the colourful buildings that Pyongyang is ...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    five Euros will get you up to the top in a very slow running elevator, and when you get up to the top, the view of the whole Pyongyang's there to welcome you, amazing 360 degree view of the city.  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    from the top of the tower you can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the entire city with the river flowing just below, its definitely worth it to go up and take a ride around.
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