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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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  • 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 »
  • Any foreign tourist will come to see the N.Korean Arc de Triomphe and memories will be immediately set on another world famous Arc! This is the higly regarded monument, tribute to the N.Korean struggl...  more »
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  • The arch is truly breathtaking, I enjoyed watching the daily spectacle of Kim, perched atop a golden throne at the top, shoving prisoners to their deaths, their bodies were used as the base for the delicious hot dogs served nearby. Nice to see Kim being a very wise leader, making these decisions will keep his people fed for years! One small complaint: I was lynched upon arrival by the public as I was in possession of a chocolate bar. Surely they should have been more than satisfied with their human hot dogs and kebabs?
  • It was a great tourist site. I got to graffiti the building and almost got executed. The arch was big and it showed me the power of the glorious leader. I decided to go stare at the masterpiece. Personally, I thought it needed to be spiced up a little so I pulled out my spray cans and got to work. I decided to make a mural of Western culture. The mural was beautiful with images of YouTube stars, money, dabs, and lyrics to music like Gucci Gang and Man's Not Hot. After a few days, the glorious leader came to look upon the graffiti and tried to capture me. He sent the soldiers after me and I used my spray can to attack their eyes. It worked and I barely escaped. They eventually caught me trying to rap in front of a large crowd of citizens. I was brought to a prison not far from border and they had an electric chair. They put me on the chair and I got shocked many times but I was still alive. It was because I was secretly Batman and I threw a Baterang to the energy source and I escaped.
  • My experience was absolutely great! As I walked under the arch my pants fell down and I was beat to near death by a bunch of stick figures with uniforms. (I really need to know what kinda diet they are on) and after I awoke I was in the middle of the great leader Kim's bedroom. I was surrounded by men in uniforms while my chubby overlord personally beat me with a metal spoon. It was kinda hard to remember considering it was 20 years ago. I only just got out of labor camp. It's honestly quite nice there. No one talks very much and if you try to leave you are shot in the groin. I personally enjoyed my stay and can't wait to have my pants fall down again in front of the great arch of my godly overlord Kim. I highly recommend offending the trigger happy tub of ice cream.
  • Dude, loved the fact that just because I'm black, they sent me to a spectacular labor camp where I spent 3 years. It was very fun tbh...
  • Built in 1982 and standing 200ft tall, the Arch of Triumph symbolizes the DPRKs military might! Legend has it that walking through the Arch of Triumph will take 10 years off your life and leave you feeling better than ever, I can personally confirm these legends.

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