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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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  • We were very lucky to get up there on a clear and sunny day. It’s one of the most symbolic attractions in Pyongyang and the view was pretty spectacular. It’s very small when you get up there and you.....  more »
  • Juche Tower - great views from up top - sometimes unfortunately the air pollution can inhibit how far you can see, but still worth the visit. The monument and others around it are quite impressive  more »
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