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Grand Monument to Kim Il Sung   
PYONGYANG, Pyongyang Municipality

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.

A visit to the Grand Monument is a must for all tourists and usually involves the laying of a bouquet of flowers, conveniently available at one’s hotel or in a van that will come to you. Koreans usually come to the monument in groups which are interesting to watch if you have time.

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