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Juche Tower - Pyongyang (DPRK) North Korea
Juche Tower - Pyongyang (DPRK) North Korea
DATE: 2014/07/16::
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Dennis Rodman & Harlem Globetrotters visiting Juche Tower and Arch of Triumph in North Korea
Dennis Rodman & Harlem Globetrotters visiting Juche Tower and Arch of Triumph in North Korea
DATE: 2013/02/28::
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Pyongyang from Juche tower
Pyongyang from Juche tower
DATE: 2007/11/14::
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Pyongyang Panorama View @ Juche Tower (and others)
Pyongyang Panorama View @ Juche Tower (and others)
DATE: 2014/09/12::
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North Korea Sep 2011: Juche Tower and Metro
North Korea Sep 2011: Juche Tower and Metro
DATE: 2011/11/12::
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Juche Tower - Pyongyang
Juche Tower - Pyongyang
DATE: 2013/10/21::
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Juche Tower - Pyongyang, North Korea
Juche Tower - Pyongyang, North Korea
DATE: 2012/05/18::
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North Korea Tour - Part 4: Nampo, Schoolchildren
North Korea Tour - Part 4: Nampo, Schoolchildren's Palace, Juche Tower, War Museum
DATE: 2014/05/12::
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Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
DATE: 2013/08/28::
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The Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
The Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK)
DATE: 2014/10/30::
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North Korea - Juche Tower
North Korea - Juche Tower
DATE: 2013/02/23::
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View From Juche Tower, North Korea 4   北朝鮮 最新映像  북한 최근영상
View From Juche Tower, North Korea 4 北朝鮮 最新映像 북한 최근영상
DATE: 2013/10/05::
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North Korea Pyongyang Panoramic View from Juche Tower.mpg
North Korea Pyongyang Panoramic View from Juche Tower.mpg
DATE: 2010/12/14::
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On top of the Juche Tower Pyongyang
On top of the Juche Tower Pyongyang
DATE: 2014/10/13::
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North korea documentary: Juche tower bicycle1 North Korea Pyongyang
North korea documentary: Juche tower bicycle1 North Korea Pyongyang
DATE: 2015/03/29::
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Pyongyang, DPRK, from the Juche Tower
Pyongyang, DPRK, from the Juche Tower
DATE: 2012/10/10::
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Pyongyang from the Juche Tower
Pyongyang from the Juche Tower
DATE: 2013/05/30::
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View of Pyongyang from the Juche Tower
View of Pyongyang from the Juche Tower
DATE: 2012/08/15::
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Music at the Juche Tower
Music at the Juche Tower
DATE: 2010/07/15::
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North korea documentary: Juche tower bicycle 5 North Korea Pyongyang
North korea documentary: Juche tower bicycle 5 North Korea Pyongyang
DATE: 2015/03/29::
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Looking over the edge on top of the Juche tower (DPRK)
Looking over the edge on top of the Juche tower (DPRK)
DATE: 2011/08/12::
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Pyongyang North Korea children near the Juche Tower & Taedong River
Pyongyang North Korea children near the Juche Tower & Taedong River
DATE: 2014/10/02::
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360 View from the Juche Tower, Pyongyang, North Korea 2/20/13
360 View from the Juche Tower, Pyongyang, North Korea 2/20/13
DATE: 2013/02/24::
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DPRK Tilt shift - Kim Il Sung square from Juche Tower.
DPRK Tilt shift - Kim Il Sung square from Juche Tower.
DATE: 2013/08/05::
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View of Kim Il Sung square from the Juche tower (DPRK)
View of Kim Il Sung square from the Juche tower (DPRK)
DATE: 2011/08/12::
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North Korea tour: Juche Tower, Pyongyang
North Korea tour: Juche Tower, Pyongyang
DATE: 2015/04/07::
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Grand view of Pyongyang from the top of the Juche tower (DPRK)
Grand view of Pyongyang from the top of the Juche tower (DPRK)
DATE: 2011/08/12::
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亞洲大學 :✯:|:✯: 주체사상탑 - Juche Tower - Ch
亞洲大學 :✯:|:✯: 주체사상탑 - Juche Tower - Ch'ŏngjin Medical University iTunes
DATE: 2013/02/13::
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View From Juche Tower, North Korea 3   北朝鮮 最新映像  북한 최근영상
View From Juche Tower, North Korea 3 北朝鮮 最新映像 북한 최근영상
DATE: 2013/10/05::
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Juche tower-bicycle 3 HD
Juche tower-bicycle 3 HD
DATE: 2010/03/29::
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Juche Tower, North Korea (DPRK)
Juche Tower, North Korea (DPRK)
DATE: 2014/08/18::
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North Korea - Pyongyang panorama views from Juche Tower
North Korea - Pyongyang panorama views from Juche Tower
DATE: 2013/09/13::
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The Juche Tower
The Juche Tower
DATE: 2010/09/26::
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View From Juche Tower, North Korea 1   北朝鮮 最新映像  북한 최근영상
View From Juche Tower, North Korea 1 北朝鮮 最新映像 북한 최근영상
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juche tower...
juche tower...
DATE: 2006/09/19::
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A view of Pyongyang from the Juche Tower August 2014
A view of Pyongyang from the Juche Tower August 2014
DATE: 2014/10/10::
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The Juche Tower
The Juche Tower
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Under  the Juche Tower
Under the Juche Tower
DATE: 2007/12/03::
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View From Juche Tower, North Korea 2   北朝鮮 最新映像  북한 최근영상
View From Juche Tower, North Korea 2 北朝鮮 最新映像 북한 최근영상
DATE: 2013/10/05::
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Marching practice in Juche Tower
Marching practice in Juche Tower's shadow
DATE: 2007/07/05::
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Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang, North Korea
Tower of the Juche Idea, Pyongyang, North Korea
DATE: 2013/11/02::
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Pyongyang view from Juche Tower.m4v
Pyongyang view from Juche Tower.m4v
DATE: 2010/03/24::
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Juche Tower in North Korea (DPRK)
Juche Tower in North Korea (DPRK)
DATE: 2011/02/09::
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The tower of Kim Il Sung´s Juche idea (DPRK)
The tower of Kim Il Sung´s Juche idea (DPRK)
DATE: 2012/12/11::
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Juche Tower Pyongyang
Juche Tower Pyongyang
DATE: 2007/12/31::
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Tower of Juche Idea 1
Tower of Juche Idea 1
DATE: 2007/12/03::
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What is the Juche ideology in North Korea? Explaination from North Korean guide in Pyongyang.
What is the Juche ideology in North Korea? Explaination from North Korean guide in Pyongyang.
DATE: 2014/04/03::
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Tower of Juche Idea [Pyongyang, North Korea] 조선관광-주체사상탑
Tower of Juche Idea [Pyongyang, North Korea] 조선관광-주체사상탑
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Tower of Juche Idea - Pyongyang, North Korea (September 2009)
Tower of Juche Idea - Pyongyang, North Korea (September 2009)
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360 Degree View from the Juche Tower
360 Degree View from the Juche Tower
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Juche Tower
Tower of Juche Idea, Pyongyang, North Korea (2909246855).jpg
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 주체사상탑
Hancha 主體思想塔
Revised Romanization Juche Sasangtap
McCune–Reischauer Chuch'e Sasangt'ap

The Juche Tower (more formally, Tower of the Juche Idea) is a monument in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, named after the ideology of Juche introduced by its first leader Kim Il-sung. Juche is a blend of autarky, nationalism, traditionalism and Marxism-Leninism.

Background[edit]

Completed in 1982, the Tower is situated on the eastern bank of the River Taedong, directly opposite Kim Il-sung Square on the western side of the river to commemorate Kim Il-sung's 70th birthday. Although his son and successor 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), dressed in white stone with seventy dividers and capped with a 20-metre (66 ft)-high 45-ton illuminated metal torch. 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.[3] 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.

The lower part of the Tower of Juche Idea, with symmetric buildings in the background.

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 Jucheist ideology.

A wall carrying 82 "friendship plaques" from foreign supporters and Juche Study Groups forms part of the Tower.

Gallery[edit]

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 in Washington DC, an obelisk erected to commemorate George Washington.
  • San Jacinto Monument near La Porte, Texas, the world's tallest masonry column to commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Martin, Bradly K. (2004). Under The Loving Care of The Fatherly Leader. Macmillan. p. 626. ISBN 0-312-32221-6. 
  3. ^ McCormack, Gavan (2004). Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe. Nation Books. p. 59. ISBN 1-560-25557-9. 

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

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