new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white

Mansudae Grand Monument Pyongyang North Korea

Mansudae Grand Monument, Kim Il Sung statue. Pyongyang North Korea.

People come from all over the country to lay flowers in front of the giant statue and to pay respect to the former president. For the North Korean people, even if he's now a momy , he is still alive, and he is their father.


The Mansudae Grand Monument was erected in April, 1972 to commemorate the 60th birthday of President Kim Il Sung. It is located on Mansu Hill in front of the Korean Revolutionary Museum and the huge mosaic of Mt. Paektu.

The bronze statue of the late President Kim is 66 ft. / 20 m. high and looks out over Pyongyang below. On either side of his statue are giant stone replicas of the Korean flag and the Workers Party of Korea flag. On either side of these flags are over 200 almost life-size bronze statues of various military and civilian figures in heroic poses.


© Eric Lafforgue

3 faves
Taken on May 16, 2009