The Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang is located on the Triumph Return Square at the foot of Moran Hill. The monument was built in the Neo-classical style in 1982 and is 60 meters high and 52.5 meters wide. It is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world, after Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico. It was modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but is 10 meters taller. On the two columns the years 1925 and 1945 are written respectively. On the two columns the years 1925 and 1945 are written respectively. These two years represent the beginning of Japanese occupation and subsequently, North Korean liberation. The monument was completed for the occasion of President Kim Il Sung’s 70th birthday and each of its 25,500 blocks of white granite represents a day of his life. The former President of the DPRK gave a speech to cheering crowds and this speech is depicted on a mural nearby which was made in 1985. On the Arch of Triumph are bronze statues of a workers, farmers, and intellectuals representing the three pillars of the Korean Workers’ Party as well as soldiers from the Korean Revolutionary Army. The archway also has a rainbow made of 70 azalea flowers to demonstrate the people’s wish for the health of Kim Il Sung. The azalea flower is also a symbol of North Korean resistance to Japanese colonialism.
It is also possible to get to the top of the Arch of Triumph and enjoy a 360 degree view of the city and take plenty of nice pictures. ou can see Pyongyang’s amusement park and Kim Il Sung Stadium, among many other interesting views. Join an Above Borders tour to North Korea, and see more impressive sights like this and mor