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Triumphal Arch, Pyongyang

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Monument Tourist Spot
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 Revolución, 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. Plan your Triumphal Arch visit and explore what else you can see and do in Pyongyang using our Pyongyang trip generator.
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  • Modelled after the Parisian Arc de Triomphe, the North Koreans naturally had to ensure that theirs was bigger. An impressive monument at the centre of downtown Pyongyang.  more »
  • Great triumphal arch. Even greater than that of in Paris, as was repeatedly assured us. You may take pictures only from the front.
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  • The Arch of Triumph is situated at the foot of Moran Hill and was built in 1982 to commemorate the Korean resistance to Japan from 1925 to 1945. After the ride up on the lift there was a short video a...  more »
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  • Told the people working it that was my niece's birthday! They came out with red flags and did a 21 guns salute! You should have seen the stars shining in her eyes as they gave a three tier cake to OUR GREAT AND ILLUSTRIOUS LEADER Kim Jong In! 10 out of 10 would go again!
  • I asked my waitress exactly what they "triumphed". She called her manager over, whispered to him, then he shot a patron at the table next to me and walked away. I'm all for dinner theatre, but this was a little over the top. Will consider other restaurants in the future.
  • Amazing structure with great surroundings. You'll see this after traveling on the underground station. North Korea is definitely worth a visit!
  • They no have eggawole. When I ask fo eggawole dey no give me eggawole. Dey gave me chubby guy portrait. I told dem no I wan eggawole so they shot my pet wombat. You no go here.
  • Kim Jong Un molested me on top of the Arc de Trumph.

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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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