big bronze statues Kim il-Sung Kim Jong-il Pyongyang North Korea

big bronze statues Kim il-Sung Kim Jong-il Pyongyang North Korea

These two statues are likely some of the most famous landmarks in Pyongyang. Standing at 22 meters tall, they depict the late leaders Kim il-Sung (on the left) and his son, Kim Jong-il (on the right). As we approached the statues, we were asked to line up parallel to the statues and bow simultaneously.As you can see, we were allowed to take pictures. However, we were asked that the pictures we took show the statues in their entirety and that we didn’t make any strange poses or signs – otherwise, it would be seen as very disrespectful to the leaders and the North Koreans. We also had the option of purchasing flowers to lay down at the feet of the statues after bowing. We politely declined.

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