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360 Panoramas

  1. Air Koryo Ilyushin Il-18
    Air Koryo uses the Ilyushin Il-18 for domestic flights. It's probably the best known Soviet turboprop airliner of its era. Having first flown in 1957 and still in civilian use 57 years later, its durable airframe means that many such planes clocked over 45,000 flight hours. This cockpit was photographed on 15th September 2014 at Samjiyon Airport, during a Juche Travel Services North Korean aviation tour.

  2. Air Koryo Ilyushin Il-76
    This is Air Koryo’s Ilyushin Il-76, a multi-purpose strategic airlifter. It has a rear hydraulic ramp for vehicles to drive right in to load cargo. It’s robust airframe allows it to take off and land on un-paved and short air strips. I took a joyride on this plane as part of the Juche Travel Services aviation tour in September 2014

  3. Arch of Triumph
    The Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang was built to commemorate the Korean resistance to Japan. Of all the triumph arches around the world, it is currently the 2nd tallest, next to Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico.

  4. Arirang 2013
    The Arirang Mass Games is a tribute to the story of how DPRK was founded and in 2007, the Guinness World Records recognized it as the biggest event of its kind.

  5. Bongsu Church
    Bongsu Church was originally constructed in 1988 and was the first church built in North Korea under the communist rule. The church was later relocated to this building in 2008 and now has a seating capacity of 1,200.

  6. Changjon Street at Night
    Changjon Street apartments are brightly lit every night; very different when compared to the rest of Pyongyang. This entire area had been designated for a revamp and all original old buildings were demolished and replaced with the high-rise apartments you now see. I was told that this development was run at an accelerated pace and the construction of some of the apartment buildings took only a year. 

  7. Chongsan-ri Cooperative Farm
    This farm is known throughout the country as the ideal model of DPRK farming technique and is equipped with facilities like a school and housing for all the farmers.

  8. Chongun Rock
    The Chongun Rock Formation seen in this panorama lies on the border of China and North Korea. This panorama was photographed from the North Korean side of the border.

  9. Chonsam Cooperative Farm
    The Chonsam Co-operative Farm was created through the joining of 3 adjacent villages in a cooperative work agreement. Rice is grown in this village

  10. Farmer's House (Sariwon Migok)
    While touring the Sariwon Migok Cooperative Farm, I was brought to see a typical farmer's home. There is no electrical heating and the house is warmed by burning coal briquettes during winter. The gas for cooking is derived from decomposing manure.

  11. Fashion Exhibition (12th Annual Pyongyang Fashion Exhibition 2014)
    The 12th Pyongyang Fashion Exhibition (2014) held annually in North Korea. Retailers take down the numbers labeled on the dresses to place orders from the suppliers.

  12. Galma Beach
    North Korean citizens gather and frolic just like everyone else. Driving past the beach, I was allowed to stop and observe them for a while

  13. Grand People's Study House
    The Grand People's Study House is the central library of North Korea and has spacious study rooms, computer rooms and media rooms. The library conducts computer literacy courses and even english courses. It is also the national centre of Juche studies. I am told the total floor space of this facility is over 100,000 square meters. This virtual tours features two of the 600 rooms as I only made a very quick visit on my way to another location.

  14. Golden Triangle Bank - Rason
    The Golden Triangle Bank is the primary bank of the Rason Special Economic Zone. Foreigners are allowed to open a bank account here and to apply for a stored value electronic cash-card.

  15. Hair Salon at Changgwangwon Health Complex
    This ladies' hair salon is located inside Changgwangwon Health Complex, which is a 4 storey intergrated health service centre. There is also a men's barber within the same complex. This place has been in operation since 1980

  16. Hoeryong Hotel
    This hotel is currently the only hotel in Hoeryong that accommodates foreigners (as of June 2015). It is situated right at the edge of the town.

  17. Hyangsan County Dam
    A typical dam found around North Korea

  18. Hyangsan Hotel
    Completely renovated in 2010, the Hyangsan Hotel is now a DPRK 6-star hotel (international 5-star equivalent). It is situated in the Myohyangsan region, a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve

  19. Juche Tower
    The 'Tower of Juche Idea' is the very symbol of the Juche Principle which focuses on self reliance. This can be summed up in one statement, 'Man is the master of everything and decides everything'

  20. Kaeson Youth Park
    The Kaeson Youth Park is the most popular amusement park in North Korea. It's full of people every night and is THE place to go to rub shoulders with the locals. Originally built in the 1980s, it was completely renovated in 2010

  21. Kalma Airport, Wonsan
    This is a special pre-opening tour of Kalma Airport in Wonsan

  22. Kangso Yaksu Mineral Water Bottling Factory
    Kangso Yaksu mineral water is considered Korth Korea's treasured resource. It is naturally carbonated by Co2 gas trapped hundreds of meters underground. This factory bottles and packages the water for export to China.

  23. Kim Il-sung Square (Day)
    The Kim Il-sung Square was named after the country's founding leader, President Kim Il-sung and was opened in August 1954. It is a gathering place for dances, rallies and parades.

  24. Kim Il-sung Square (Night)
    The Kim Il-sung Square was named after the country's founding leader, President Kim Il-sung and was opened in August 1954. It is a gathering place for dances, rallies and parades. This 360 degree virtual tour was shot at 2148hrs on the 13th May 2014.

  25. Kim Il-Sung University
    Kim Il-sung University, founded on 1 October 1946, is the first university built in North Korea. It is located on a 15 hectare campus in Pyongyang, the nation's capital.

  26. Kindergarten School Teachers from Chongin City
    These lovely ladies are kindergarten school teachers from Chongjin City, North Hamgyong Province. Don't mind the two foreigners mucking up this shot.

  27. Korean People's Army Air Force - Mi-17 Helicopter
    This is a North Korean variant of the Mil Mi-17, a Russian made helicopter. Normally the Mi-17 can transport up to 30 troops (or 4,000kg) but this variant has been customised for “luxury use” and ferries 14 passengers.

  28. Koryo History Museum
    The present day Koryo History Museum was once the Sungkyunkwan University. It was built over a thousand years ago and was the highest education institute back then. Today, it houses over 1000 ancient relics and has a well stocked souvenir shop and Korean ginseng shop.

  29. Koryo Hotel
    Built in 1985, the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang is 43 stories and is walking distance away from the Pyongyang Railway Station. There are 2 towers with a total of 500 rooms. It is rated 3 stars by the West and 5 stars within North Korea.

  30. Kumgangsan Hotel
    The Kumgangsan Hotel was a joint development between North and South Korea. It is conveniently situated near the Mount Kumgang Tourist Region and has amenities such as restaurant, convenience store, pub and massage.

  31. Kumgang Sea
    The Sea Of Kumgang is part of the Mount Kumgang Tourist Region

  32. Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
    The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (previously Kumsusan Memorial Palace), is the mausoleum where late President Kim Il-sung and President Kim Jong-il have been laid to rest on permanent display

  33. Kwangbok Department Store
    Kwangbok Department Store (광복지구상업중심) in Pyongyang is open to tourists. Here, you can change foreign currency to the local North Korean Won and buy a variety of local products.

  34. Lake Samilpo
    Lake Samilpo is a freshwater lake that is part of the ‘Mount Kumgang Tourist Region’. According to local tradition, a king from the ancient Silla Kingdom (668–935BC) visited the lake for a day but was so amazed by its beauty that he stayed for three days, hence the name Samil (three days).

  35. Mangyang Ferry Crossing
    This is the spot where Kim Jong-suk (Kim Il-sung's wife) escaped the Japanese occupation over the border. Just across the river at a mere 140 meters (459 feet) away is China. Surprisingly, there are no border fences on the North Korean side of this area.

  36. Mangyongdae Childrens Palace
    The Children's Palace was created to nurture the talents of children selected from across North Korea. These children are given the very best in education and extra curricular activities to make them the next generation's elite.

  37. Mangyondae Forest Park
    I'm told this area was the birth place of President Kim Il Sung. The entire area has thus been preserved as a forest park with attractions such as a museum, funfair and of course, his native house.

  38. Mangyongdae Native Home
    I'm told that President Kim Il Sung was born (April 15th 1912) and spent his childhood here. Four generations lived in this straw-thatched cottage. This place has now been preserved as a national heritage site.

  39. Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon - 2016 April 10
    The 2016 Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon in Pyongyang saw over 1,100 foreign participants and 700 North Korean participants. What you are see here is the inauguration ceremony to launch the event.

  40. Mansudae Art Studio - The Artist
    The Mansudae Art Studio has over 1000 artists producing various types of North Korean art like paintings, woodwork, embroidery and statues. This senior artist works alone on massive pieces

  41. Mansudae Fountain Park
    Opened in 1976, the Mansudae Fountain Park's most photographed subjects would have to be the dancing ladies fountain and the 80 meter tall central fountain.

  42. Mansudae Grand Monument
    The Mansudae Grand Monument of the President Kim Il Sung was originally built in 1972. A new statue was unveiled in 2012 after the death of President Kim Jong Il. These larger-than-life statues are made of bronze

  43. Mansudae Grand Monument at Night
    The Mansudae Grand Monuments photographed during one of my night walks around Pyongyang

  44. Mansudae Grand Monument Floating View
    This is the world's first floating camera 360° panoramic view of the Mansudae Grand Monument photographed with the special permission of the DPRK government on 12th May 2014. The point of view is set at 8 meters above ground level. The two statues of the late presidents are made of bronze and stand at 20 meters tall.

  45. Masikryong Ski Resort
    The Masikryong Ski Resort is built on Taehwa Peak and includes a luxury hotel (featured here), ice rink, swimming pool and various restaurants. Soldiers of the KPA (Korean People’s Army) constructed the resort in only ten months, giving rise to the slogan 'Masikryong speed'

  46. Mass Dance - 2015 December 24th - Kim Jong-suk's birthday
    Mass Dances are a well known activity of North Korea. On major holidays (24th December, Kim Jong-suk's birthday), the locals dance dressed in a traditional Korean jeogori for the women, and a suit for the men

  47. Meari Shooting Range
    The Meari Shooting Range underwent renovations and reopened in early 2014. The gallery houses a 25 meter pistol range, a 50 meter rifle range, an archery range, an electronic gun range, tennis and badminton courts. One feature allows visitors to take home birds they have shot (and killed) or have them cooked at the adjacent restaurant.

  48. Microlight Planes
    From September 2016, microlight planes are now available for tourists to take pleasure flights over Pyongyang. These single passenger planes offer a 360 degree unobstructed view of the city and they take off from the Flying Club situated at the outskirts of Pyongyang City, next to the Mirim Riding Club.

  49. Mirim Horse Riding Club
    Opened on 25th October 2013, the Mirim Riding Club has an indoor training facility and 7 outdoor riding courses. It is open to the public and tourists can visit this equestrian club to try out the horses. There's also a restaurant and sauna.

  50. Monument to the Founding of Workers' Party
    The monument’s three components are a hammer, sickle and writing brush which represent the worker, the peasant and the intellectual.

  51. Mount Kumgang in Summer
    Sample a glimpse of the journey up to 'Kuryoung Falls' situated within the Mount Kumgang Tourist Region. Featured waypoints along the route are where most tourists grab their photos.

  52. Munsu Water Park
    The Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang was opened in October 2013. The indoor pools are heated during cold weather and a water channel opens to link the outdoor pools during warm weather.

  53. Myohyangsan
    Myohyang-san is a mountain in North Korea. It is named after the mystic shapes and fragrances found in the area. It is a sacred site as, according to legend, it was the home of King Tangun, forefather of the Korean people.

  54. Nampo Dam
    Also known as the 'West Sea Barrage', the 8 kilometer long Nampo Dam was completed in 1986 by more than 30,000 soldiers of the Korean People's Army to provide irrigation water to expand farming land.

  55. Namyang Workers' District
    Namyang Workers' District is a town in Onsong, North Hamgyong Province, North Korea. This road intersection is where all the trucks will pass as they enter Namyang carrying various goods from China.

  56. Old Wonsan Train Station
    I am told this is the site where President Kim Il-Sung took the train after returning from WWII to Korea in 1945. Built by the Japanese, the original building was destroyed in the Korean War, and was reconstructed in 1975 to be a revolutionary site.

  57. Okryu Children's Hospital
    The Okryu Children's Hospital in Pyongyang was opened in October 2013 and caters specifically to children and nursing mothers.

  58. Paektu Mountain
    Paektu Mountain is a sleeping volcano that last erupted around 969 AD (estimated). It is an unusual volcano because it does not sprout up along the tectonic plate ridges so why it exists remains a mystery till today. Weather and temperatures can be highly erratic and drop to as low as -45°C during winter.

  59. Panmunjom - Joint Security Area
    The Panmunjom JSA (Joint Security Area) sits at the North/South border of the demilitarized zone. Here, soldiers from both sides face off daily in a silent truce.

  60. Pagaebong Hotel
    The Pagaebong Hotel is currently the only hotel designated for foreigners to stay in Samjiyon county, North Korea

  61. Pohyon Buddhist Temple
    Pohyon-sa is a Korean Buddhist temple which has been classified as a 'national treasure' due to its significant history. I am told that the temple was founded in 1024 under the Koryo Dynasty and was a key resistance headquarters during the 1592-1598 Japanese invasion. It was bombed  during the Korean war and half of the original 24 structures were destroyed. Some of them have since been rebuilt.

  62. Pyongyang Aerial View
    This is the (simulated) aerial view of Pyongyang as seen from above the Tower Of Juche Idea

  63. Pyongyang Grand Theatre
    Built in the 1960s, the Pyongyang Grand Theatre was renovated in 2009. This is the place to catch North Korea's five main revolutionary operas.

  64. Pyongyang Italian Restaurant
    The Pyongyang Italian Restaurant (also known as the Pyongyang Pizza Restaurant) was opened in 2009. Its menu has since evolved to also include local Korean dishes instead of purely focusing on Italian cuisine.

  65. Pyongyang Maternity Hospital
    The Pyongyang Maternity Hospital was completed in February 1980. It's a medical center providing services such as gynecologic examinations, operations, prenatal observation, delivery and newborn nursing.

  66. Pyongyang Ostrich Farm
    The Pyongyang Ostrich Farm is a large compound with breeding areas, a hatchery, nurseries and a processing plant. The entire ostrich is used and nothing is wasted. There's even a little restaurant that serves BBQ ostrich meat.

  67. 17th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair
    17th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair held at the Three Revolution Exhibition Center. The fair drew participants from China, New Zealand, Germany, Malaysia, Mongolia, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Italy, Thailand, Cuba, Poland and Taiwan. I was here early and got this shot before the crowds came in.

  68. Pyongyang Metro - Puhung Station
    Terminal station of the Chollima Line (red line). Opened April 1987

  69. Pyongyang Metro - Yonggwang Station
    Yonggwang station of the Chollima Line (red line). Opened April 1987

  70. Pyongyang Sunan International Airport
    This is the main airport serving Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It is located in the city's Sunan-guyŏk district, 24 kilometres from the city's centre.

  71. Pyongyang Sunan International Airport Runway
    We were photographing North Korean planes during a special Aviation Tour organized by Juche Travel Services

  72. Pyongyang Sunan International Airport - Old 2014
    Here's a throwback to the year 2014. This is the old Pyongyang Sunan International Airport before it was permanently closed and replaced with the new one in 2015.

  73. Pyongyang Tram Service
    Opened in 1991, the Pyongyang Tram Service currently has three lines in operation. as of 2016, the fare is 5 won for one trip on any section. The trams are imported from Czechoslovakia.

  74. Railway Tour
    Railway Tours by Juche Travel Service. Look for the links within the 360° panorama image.

  75. Rajin Port
    Rajin Port is located in the Rason Special Economic Zone. The Chinese ship in the background is being loaded with coal from North Korean mines.

  76. Rungna Dolphinarium
    The Rungna Dolphinarium is part of the Rungna People's Pleasure Park. Visiting this place was a spur of the moment decision. I asked my guide if they had anything like a "sea world" and she asked if I would like to see dolphins. I agreed and we rushed to the Dolphinarium only to catch the last 5 minutes of the show... maybe next time.

  77. Rungrado May Day Stadium
    The Rungrado May Stadium was completed on May 1st, 1989. As of 2015, it is still regarded as the largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 150,000, and occupying over 207,000 m²

  78. Samjiyon
    Samjiyon, is a district in Ryanggang province, North Korea. It has its own airport. Its name comes from the three lakes in the county, which are known as the Samjiyon

  79. Samjiyon Airport
    Samjiyon Airport is near the Paektu Mountains so tour groups visiting the sacred mountain will take internal flights that land at this airport. This 360° panorama was photographed in an area that is well away from the military section of the airport.

  80. Samjiyon Grand Monument
    The Samjiyon Grand Monument depicts Kim Il Sung as a young general and is located at the spot where he and his army rested before they advanced on Pochon

  81. Sariwon Migok Cooperative Farm
    The concept behind the Sariwon Migok Cooperative Farm is that farmers may keep any surplus crops for themselves once the state required production quotas are met. This panorama shows newly planted seedlings.

  82. Sijung Beach
    This beach along Asian Highway 6 is midway between Wonsan and the Mount Kumgang Tourist Region

  83. Sinphyong Lake and Rest House
    This is a popular stopover point when traveling along the Pyongyang-Wonsan highway. Here, you can order some tea, buy some snacks and take a toilet break.

  84. Three Charters For National Reunification Monument
    This monument depicts two women (symbolizing north and south) holding up the emblem of a unified Korea.

  85. Tomb Of King Tongmyong
    This is believed to be the royal tomb of King Tongmyong, founder of the Goguryeo kingdom in ancient Korea. It is one of the ‘Complex of Goguryeo Tombs’ that has achieved the UNESCO World Heritage status

  86. Trolleybus in Chongjin
    Photographed on 21st June 2015, this is the first time Chongjin City council has allowed tourists to have a ride in one of their trolleybus and also to allow unrestricted photography in and from the trolleybus.

  87. Tumen Border Bridge (图们国境大桥)
    The Tumen Border Bridge connects Tumen City, Jilin Province, China, with Onsong County (Namyang), North Hamgyong Province, North Korea. It was built in 1941 by the Japanese.

  88. Ulim Waterfalls
    Ulim Waterfalls means 'Echo Waterfalls' in Korean because of the sound it makes. It's a nice stop over if you're driving to Pyongyang from Wonsan

  89. Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
    The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum tells the history of all Korean wars dating back to the era of President Kim Il-sung, as recorded by the North Koreans.

  90. Wangjaesan Grand Monument
    This is the 2nd largest monument of Kim Il-sung and is built on the location of the Wangjaesan Conference in 1933. It is located in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province.

  91. Wonsan Pier
    The walk out to the Wonsan Pier provides a good view of Wonsan city. Locals can be found fishing, catching crabs and harvesting oysters along the pier. Photo date: 18th October 2014.

  92. Yalu River Broken Bridge
    The Yalu River Broken Bridge was built in 1911. During the Korean War, B-29 and B-17 heavy bombers, and F-80 fighter-bombers repeatedly attacked the bridge in an attempt to cut off Chinese supplies to the North Koreans.

  93. Yanggakdo International Hotel
    The Yanggakdo International Hotel is built on Yanggak Island and has a revolving restaurant that sits on top of the 47th floor

  94. Yonggwang Street, Pyongyang
    Yonggwang Street (영광거리) translates to 'Glory Street'

  95. 다시만납시다 (See You Again)
    Aram and Rowan saying goodbye to their guide Miss Kim at the Pyongyang Train Station