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Triumphal Arch, Pyongyang

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Stop and observe the impressive architecture of Triumphal Arch. The second tallest triumphal arch in the world, topped only by Mexico's Monumento a la RevoluciĆ³n, the 60 m (200 ft) tall, 50 m (160 ft) wide structure was built to commemorate the country's resistance to Japan between 1925 and 1945. Clearly inspired by Paris' Arc de Triomphe, it displays Roman influences combined with a three-tiered roof, reminiscent of Buddhist temple design. The arch supposedly contains dozens of rooms, balustrades, observation platforms and elevators, though these parts do not seem to be accessible. Bring a camera along to capture this imposing structure set on surreal large roads free of traffic. Make Triumphal Arch a centerpiece of your Pyongyang vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Pyongyang trip builder website .
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  • One of those almost compulsory visits in any DPRK tour itinerary so it's just a matter of going thru the motions and putting up with the distorted view of the world being pushed by the guides. It's in...  more »
  • Though it is slightly taller than Paris' Arc d'Triumph, it is not really as elegantly designed. This is just one of the numerous grand monuments all overall Pyongyang, built by its communist regime. T...  more »
  • We paid the entrance fee and went inside to ascend in a lift to the hall. Here we saw a film of its construction. We climbed stairs to the balcony to get the 360 degree view of the city.  more »
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