7 Most Ostentatious Monuments in North Korea

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DKRP MonumentPhoto: John Pavelka

In North Korea, just as other communist states, there are innumerable pieces of public art dedicated to the installation of communism and to the installers themselves.  Great amounts of money are poured into these projects at the expense of the people’s welfare, and the results show it.  Here are the most egregious examples:

Arch of ReunificationPhoto: Kok Leng Yeo

#7: Three Charters for National Reunification Monument

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Arch of ReunificationPhoto: John Pavelka
Built in 2001, this statue expresses the shared yearning felt by both north and south alike to unify once more.  Being in North Korea, it naturally expresses the desire for that Korea to be ruled by Kim Il-Sung.  The statue straddles the Tongil Expressway, a mostly empty four-lane highway between Panmunjom and Pyongyang.

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