Mansu Hill Grand Monument

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Mansudae Grand Monument
Mansu Hill Grand Monument is located in Pyongyang
Mansu Hill Grand Monument
Location in Pyongyang
Location Pyongyang, North Korea
Height 22 meters
Completion date 1972 and 2012

The Grand Monument on Mansu Hill (Mansudae) is a complex of monuments in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The central part of the monument are two 22 meters high statues[1] of North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, made of bronze. Behind the statues is a wall of the Korean Revolution Museum building, displaying a mosaic mural showing a scene from Mount Paektu,[2] considered to be the sacred mountain of revolution. Next to the statues, leading away from the building, there are two monuments showing many different soldiers, workers, farmers, and so on; Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle and Socialist Revolution. These memorials are 22.5 meters high and 50 meters long. The long line of human figures depicted on them are on average 5 meters high.

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Changes made to the original statue of Kim Il-sung (left) and the initial statue of Kim Jong-il (top right) can be seen (bottom right).

The monument was constructed in April 1972, then displaying only Kim Il-sung. It was originally covered in gold leaf, but this was later altered to bronze.[3] Following the death of Kim Jong-il in 2011, a similar statue of him was erected on the north side of Kim Il-sung. At the same time, Kim Il-sung's statue was altered extensively. A new set of clothes was added and his facial expression modified somewhat.[citation needed]

The statue of Kim Jong-il initially featured a long coat but it was promptly changed to his signature parka.[citation needed]

Visitors who take photos of the statues are required to frame both leaders in the entirety of their picture.[1]


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Coordinates: 39°01′56″N 125°45′11″E / 39.0321°N 125.7531°E / 39.0321; 125.7531