Want to know more about your trip to North Korea,
well that’s why we want to provide you with a bit more detail about the exciting places that you will be visiting in just under 2 months time. North Korea is in no doubt a country with exquisite views and places, so we have listed a few monuments along with their facts and figures so you know what to expect.
Pyongyang Koryo Hotel
First and foremost, the hospitality. Your first stop will be the fully packed Pyongyang Koryo hotel, this is where your adventure begins.
Koryo Hotel was built in August, 1985. It is located in the center of Pyongyang city, DPRK. It is a 45-storied twin-tower building with over 500 rooms, not to mention its astounding revolving restaurant at the top
The many restaurants it caters serve the traditional Korean dishes like barbecue, Pyongyang Cold Noodle and Insam Chicken Soup, whilst also offering the traditional Chinese, Japanese and Western food. The design of the Koryo Hotel shows the two warriors joining their hands together, bringing the meaning of defending Pyongyang, you will see in more detail of there helmets in the revolving restaurant, interesting huh?
Secondly you will be greeted and taken too many statues around Pyongyang, listed below are some of these statues that you might want to know a bit more about before you visit.
Chollima Statue was built in April, 1961 to tell about the Chollima movement. Here, Chollima means a legendary horse which covers (400km) a day. After the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953), everything was destroyed and only heaps of ashes remained. To rehabilitate the country, more steel were needed. President Kim Il Sung visited Kangson Steelworks and pleased workers there to produce 10 000 tons of steel more from the blooming mill with the nominal capacity of 60 000 tons. Workers in Kangson worked such a miracle that they produced 120 000 tons of the steel.
This gate was first built in the mid 6th century. It was the eastern gate of the inner castle in Pyongyang in the period of Koguryo dynasty. It is called so, because it was pleased on the bank of River Taedong. It is 25.5m high and 14.25m long and is 2-storied. Here you can see two hanging boards. The upper one is “Uphoru” meaning that one seemed to be able to dip up the water of the Taedong River with hands from pavilion. However, do you think it is still possible to dip up water from the pavilion?
When you visit here, you will know whether it is possible or not. The lower one is “Taedong Gate”. There are many castle gates which were first built in the period of Koguryo dynasty in Pyongyang as it was the capital of Koguryo from 5th – 7th century.
This is one of the oldest castle gates in Korea and it was the western gate of Pyongyang castle. It was first built in 6th century in the period of Koguryo dynasty which was the most powerful country in Korean history. The present one was rebuilt in 1473 and has been preserved well. It is 2-storied gate and 14.8m long. This gate was built by two carpenters and they were master and apprentice. At that time, the master was in charge of building Taedong Gate, the eastern gate and his apprentice Potong Gate.
When both gates were nearly brought to completion, the master went to see how his apprentice built Potong Gate. There he was fully satisfied with his talent which was as magnificent as his own and helped him with the completion of Potong Gate. Still those two gates remain in Pyongyang and here you can have opportunity to compare the talents of those two.
It is the northern gate of the inner castle of Pyongyang. It was first built in mid 6th century and the present gate was rebuilt in 1764. It is 7.38m long and 4.36m wide. The name Chilsong was originated from Pukduchilsong(Great Bear) as it was situated in the northern part of Pyongyang. In the period of Koguryo, people gave importance to military affairs. When foreign aggressors invaded Koguryo, people used to go to the battle site through this gate. So they only regarded those who went through the Chilsong Gate as the real men. Chilsong Gate was also called as the gate of happiness, because it gave happiness to one young couple.