The Info List - Juche Tower

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The Juche
Tower (more formally, Tower of the Juche
Ideology) is a monument in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, named after the ideology of Juche
introduced by the country's first leader and President, Kim Il-sung.


1 Background 2 Gallery 3 See also 4 Notes 5 External links

Background[edit] The Tower is situated on the east bank of the River Taedong, directly opposite Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
Square on the west bank. It was built to commemorate Kim Il-sung's 70th birthday. Although his son and successor Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
is officially credited as its designer,[1] interviews with former North Korean officials contradict this assertion.[2] The 170-metre (560 ft) structure is a four-sided tapering 150-metre (490 ft) spire – the tallest in granite – containing 25,550 blocks (365 × 70: one for each day of Kim Il-sung's life, excluding supplementary days for leap years),[3] dressed in white stone with seventy dividers and capped with a 20-metre (66 ft)-high 45-ton illuminated metal torch. The torch on top of the tower is always lit.[4] It is possible to ascend the tower by elevator and there are wide views over Pyongyang from the viewing platform just below the torch. At its base, there are reception rooms where videos explaining the tower's ideological importance are sometimes shown. It is presumed to be modelled on the Washington Monument, which it surpasses in height by less than a meter.[5] The Juche
Tower is the second tallest monumental column in the world after the San Jacinto Monument, which is 2.9 metres (9.5 ft) taller. Associated with the tower is a 30-metre (98 ft)-high statue consisting of three idealised figures each holding a tool – a hammer (the worker); a sickle (the peasant); and a writing brush (the "working intellectual") – in a classic communistic-style reminiscent of the Soviet statue Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. The three tools form the insignia on the flag of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. There are also six smaller groups of figures, each 10 metres (33 ft) high, that symbolize other aspects of Juche
ideology. A wall carrying 82 friendship plaques from foreign supporters and Juche
study groups forms part of the Tower.[citation needed] Gallery[edit]

The Tower and Workers' Party monument seen up close.

Tribute Plaques to the Juche
interior contained in the interior entrance of the tower.

The lower part of the Tower of Juche
Idea, with the Taedong River
Taedong River
in the foreground and symmetric buildings in the background.

View from the Juche
Tower looking at Kim Il Sung Square

View of the Tower from Kim Il Sung Square

See also[edit]

Monas, a similarly designed monument-tower in Jakarta, Indonesia, topped with flame statue and elevator ride to the top observation deck. Washington Monument
Washington Monument
in Washington DC, an obelisk erected to commemorate George Washington. San Jacinto Monument
San Jacinto Monument
near La Porte, Texas, the world's tallest masonry column to commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto. Monument to Party Founding Arch of Triumph (Pyongyang) Arch of Reunification


^ Coonan, Clifford (21 October 2006). "Kim Jong Il, the tyrant with a passion for wine, women and the bomb". The Independent. Retrieved 11 October 2008.  ^ Martin, Bradly K. (2004). Under The Loving Care of The Fatherly Leader. Macmillan. p. 626. ISBN 0-312-32221-6.  ^ http://www.lonelyplanet.com/north-korea/pyongyang/sights/landmarks-monuments/tower-juche-idea ^ Toimela, Markku; Aalto, Kaj (2017). Salakahvilla Pohjois-Koreassa : Markku Toimelan jännittävä tie Pohjois-Korean luottomieheksi (in Finnish). Jyväskylä: Docendo. p. 194. ISBN 978-952-291-369-2.  ^ McCormack, Gavan (2004). Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea
North Korea
to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe. Nation Books. p. 59. ISBN 1-560-25557-9. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Juche

Asian Historical Architecture: Juche
Tower 360 degree panoramic view from the top Google Maps satellite photo The Tower of the Juche
Idea[permanent dead link] at Naenara

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National symbols of North Korea


Flag Emblem Anthem Pyongyang


Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
(flower) Northern goshawk
Northern goshawk
(bird) Pine
(tree) Pungsan dog
Pungsan dog
(dog) Kimchi
(dish) Chosŏn-ot (dress) Ssirŭm (sport) Juche
Tower and Mangyongdae
(monuments) Foundation Day (day) Chollima

Coordinates: 39°1′3.52″N 125°45′48.05″E / 39.0176444°N 125.7633472°E / 39.01