Kim Il Sung Square
Kim Il-sung Square is located at the center of Pyongyang on the west bank of the Taedong river. It is similar in form to Tiananmen Square in Beijing and is used for the same purposes. Kim Il-sung Square is architecturally more refined with its dramatic riverside setting. If one stands in the square, the Tower of the Juche idea on the opposite bank appears to sit at the other end of the square, although it is actually across the river. The optical effect is achieved since the square is a few meters lower in the middle than near the waterside.
Surrounding the square are a number of government buildings, with the Great People's Study House sitting at the "head" of the square.
All images copyright 2002 Charles K. Armstrong, professor at Columbia University.
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