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Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea. This large city is situated in the west part of the country. The name Pyongyang means “the place that is always cozy”. When arriving in the city, it is easy to understand why this North Korean city has such a pleasant name. The area near Pyongyang impresses generations of travelers with its picturesque and unforgettable beauty. Indeed, the city is incredibly cozy. Opposite to other capitals of the world, Pyongyang has a calm and peaceful atmosphere. People do not hurry anywhere, and there are not many cars on the streets. Because of this, it is comfortable and trouble-free to visit all major landmarks of the capital and familiarize yourself with the main traditions of the Koreans.
According to a local legend, Pyongyang was founded in 1122 BC. This is when the legendary king Dangun established a settlement called Wanggeom-seong. This city was the capital of the ancient state of Gojoseon. However, many historians have doubts regarding this legend and think the city was founded only at the beginning of our age. When the Han dynasty captured the territory of Gojoseon, the emperor established four commanderies in the region. The capital was moved to Nanglang, an area near Pyongyang. The city remained in the shadow until 313 when Goguryeo became the dominating force in the region.
The new ruler returned the capital to Pyongyang in 427. Two hundred and forty years later, the Korean kingdom Silla together with the Tang dynasty of China occupied the territory of Goguryeo. After that, the Goryeo dynasty became the new rulers in the region. The importance of the capital was increasing, and so the new kings changed the city’s name to Sogyong. North Korea became an independent country only in 1945. At that time, Pyongyang was heavily influenced by the Soviet Union. The capital suffered much damage during the Korean War due to numerous bombings. However, the government managed to restore the city fast when the war was over. Copyright
The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which was formerly known as the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, remains one of the most famous attractions in Pyongyang. Some people informally call it the Kim Il-sung Mausoleum. This large palace complex is the mausoleum and the grave of the great leader and the founder of North Korea - Kim Il-sung. The palace was built in 1976. For many years, it was the residence of Kim Il-sung. When North Korea’s leader died on July 8, 1994, his son ordered to transform the palace into his father’s memorial complex. Tourists are allowed to visit the palace, but they need to be dressed formally to be allowed to enter. All belongings must be left in the reception before the entrance. Visitors are also allowed to have a wristwatch. During a promenade in the corridors of the palace, visitors listen to the biography of Kim Il-sung.
Attendees pass a large hall with the armor-plated railway carriage that North Korea’s leader used many times to travel. Nearby, there is a map with all the routes and countries that Kim Il-sung visited during his life or the destinations that he was planning to visit. In the last hall, there is a car of the legendary leader. The vehicle, which is still in pristine condition, stands on a marble base. This is a Mercedes-Benz 600 car. The area surrounding the palace is no less spectacular. A big canal with graciously swimming swans ads a touch of elegance to the memorial complex.
Are you a fan of art? There is an art gallery on the square named after President Kim Il-sung. The gallery was established in 1954. The venue is eleven thousand square meters large and consists of twenty-two halls, each of which is dedicated to a different theme. Besides them, there is a small pavilion that exhibits paintings by the most prominent artists of North Korea. During a visit to the art gallery, you will be able to see wonderful frescos that date back to the 4th century. They were discovered during the excavations of the ancient tombs. Moreover, there are many fabulous sculptures and artworks of modern days.
Young visitors to Pyongyang will find it very interesting to attend the local zoo. This cute park and shelter for different animals opened in 1959, during the reign of Kim Il-sung. Nowadays, the city zoo has become home to more than five thousand different animals. In total, more than six hundred and fifty different species live here. In comfortable cages, visitors can see giant elephants and dangerous tigers, majestic lions and slender jaguars, sleepy lemurs, clumsy bears, and lazy hippos. Finally, there is a big aquarium in the zoo, so visitors can see various fish and aquatic animals here.
It is not possible to fly directly to Pyongyang from most countries of the world. The most comfortable way is to fly to Beijing and then take a flight to the capital of North Korea. There are several flights a week to Pyongyang. There is also a train from Moscow that has several carriages that go to North Korea. The journey time is roughly six days, and the train passes the territory of China.

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Ryugyong Hotel Tower

From the series “The World's Tallest Hotels”
In 2013 the Kempinski company developed an interest in running the hotel, but the threat of sanctions by the United States and difficult political interactions made it give up its ambitions. For many years, one of the world’s tallest buildings remains the main focus of tourists’ attention and major periodicals. In 2008 it hit the rating of Esquire magazine and was recognized as one of the projects in the history of mankind that failed. Currently, the unique skyscraper is ready for occupation, it is quite possible that pretty soon the Ryugyong hotel will expect its first guests. … Read further

May Day Stadium

From the series “Top 14 Sport Stadiums with Impressive Design”
Currently, the stadium on May 1 is the largest stadium on the planet. Many curious tourists and sports lovers dream of visiting it. The general area of ​​the stadium is 207 thousand square meters. It is remarkable that there are only seats for spectators at the stadium. On holidays and during cultural events the stadium is illuminated by the incredibly interesting illumination. On the day of Ariran the stadium is almost always full. … Read further

Sightseeing in North Korea: things to see

Pyongyang is one of the most visited cities in the country. This old city is ideal for leisure walking and educational excursions. It is easy to spend days walking on silent streets and admiring grandiose governmental buildings that peacefully coexist with historic buildings of different periods. Besides old buildings, there is an eye-catching television tower that is also very interesting to visit. There is a viewing platform at the top of the tower, as well as a restaurant with a panoramic view of the city. Pyongyang is a city of parks as there are more than 200 of them here. That being said, tourists will not feel any lack of tranquil areas to relax. … Open
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Hilton builds third luxury hotel in Kyoto

The project organizers note that the new Kyoto hotel is perfect for both business and leisure. Just to remind you, the opening of the Roku Kyoto hotel took place in the city in 2021. The luxury hotel also never ceases to amaze guests with its exquisite atmosphere and variety of services. It is close to famous attractions like Kinkaku-ji Temple, and Shozan Resort Kyoto Pavilion is a short walk from the hotel. Read this


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