Mansu Hill Grand Monument
|Location||Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Completion date||1972 and 2012|
The central part of the monument are two 22 meters high statues 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, 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.
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. 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.
The statue of Kim Jong-il initially featured a long coat but it was promptly changed to his signature parka.
Visitors who take photos of the statues are required to frame both leaders in the entirety of their picture.
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