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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 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. 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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  • Similar in style to the one in Paris this is another one that I have come across in my travels: Vientienne, Phnom Penn, Rome. This one is rather bleak. You can climb to the top and get a panoramic vie...  more »
  • In this country promoting self-sufficiency, nothing is simple, especially anything that runs on electricity. An employee operates itself controls the elevator to climb up the building. The "cache" of the control buttons is removed. You pay €5 and are you a ticket issued, up about 3 floors, the following 2 floors, you make them walk. The singing of the general Kim Il-sung is written on the building above the front. The two dates on the towers, 1925 and 1945, mark the beginning and the end of the resistance led by Kim Il-sung against Japanese occupation.
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  • I don´t think it´s worth to go to the top. Go to Juche Tower, instead. However, it is a nice landmark, and very important, historically.  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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