15 Reasons to Visit North Korea

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from the Kingdom of Goguryeo, also spelled as Koryŏ. Here are 15 Reasons to Visit North Korea.

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    Juche Tower

    The Juche Tower is a monument in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, named after the ideology of Juche introduced by its first leader Kim Il-sung.

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    Tomb of King Kongmin

    The Tomb of King Kongmin, more correctly known as the Hyonjongrung Royal Tomb, is a 14th-century mausoleum located in Haeson-ri, Kaepung County just outside of the city of Kaesong. It is one of the Royal Tombs of the Koryo Dynasty.

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    Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

    Source: ibtimes.com
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    Arch of Triumph

    The Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang was built to commemorate the Korean resistance to Japan from 1925 to 1945. It is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world, after Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico, standing 60 m high and 50 m wide.

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    USS Pueblo (AGER-2)

    Source: huffpost.com

    USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is a Banner-class environmental research ship, attached to Navy intelligence, which was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, in what is known today as the Pueblo incident or alternatively, as the Pueblo crisis.

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    Paektu Mountain

    Mount Paektu, Baekdu, or Changbai is an active volcano on the border between North Korea and China. At 2,744 m, it is the highest mountain of the Changbai and Baekdudaegan ranges.

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    Mangyongdae Funfair

    The Mangyongdae Funfair is an amusement park located in Mangyongdae-guyok, 12 kilometers from Pyongyang. It has an area of 70 hectares including a funfair and wading pool.

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    Sonjuk Bridge

    Sŏnjuk Bridge is a Koryo-dynasty stone bridge located in Kaesong.

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    Tomb of King Tongmyon

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    Anhwa-sa is a Korean Buddhist temple located on Mt. Songak in the historic city of Kaesong. Once one of the smallest of the many temples in Kaesong, today it is the only one to have survived the Korean War.

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    Tomb of King Wanggon

    The Tomb of King Wanggŏn, more correctly known as the Hyŏllŭng Royal Tomb, is a mausoleum located Haesong-ri, Kaepung-gun near Kaesŏng.

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    Liberation Monument

    Source: redbubble.net

    It was built in 1947 to honour Red Army soldiers who took part in liberating Korea from Imperial Japanese occupation during the final stage of the Second World War.

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    Sungnyong Hall

    Sungnyong Hall is a shrine dedicated to the founding kings of ancient Korea located in the center of Pyongyang. It is listed as National Treasure #6.

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    North Korea Peace Museum

    Source: pbase.com

    The North Korea Peace Museum is in the building constructed to house the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on 27 July 1953. It is located in the former village of Panmunjeom in North Hwanghae Province.

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    The Kaesong Namdaemun is the south gate of the old walled city of Kaesong. Constructed between 1391 and 1393, it is the only one of the original seven citadel gates to survive mostly intact into the present.

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