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Pyongyang, North Korea: The Mansudae Monument


Mansudae Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea

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“It’s like Mars with people,” says William Altaffer of Expedition Photo Travel, who has visited Pyongyang four times.
Tourists are told to keep a respectable distance and bow in front of the 20-meter-high bronze statue of previous dictator Kim Il Sung.
Only after doing so are visitors allowed to take pictures–then these are checked to make sure the leader is portrayed in a positive light.

Always a matter of  perception.

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Bronze statue of the Great Leader Kim Il Sung erected in 1972, along with the neighboring museum, in honor of President Kim’s sixtieth birthday.
The Grand Monument stands at 20 metres (about 65 feet) in front of a 70 metre mosaic of Mount Paektu (Changbaishan).
For any visitor to P’yŏngyang, foreign or Korean, this is the first destination upon arrival in the city. One brings flowers to the monument and pays a respectful gesture.
Mansudae Grand Monument (Pyongyang «P’yŏngyang»)


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