World's first collection of 360° panoramas of North Korea

360° Panoramas of North Korea

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360° Panoramas

Welcome to the world's first collection of 360° panoramas of North Korea. Clicking on any of the "bubbles" will open each panorama in a seperate window. You can control the navigation of each panorama to look around.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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. 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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'

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.

 

  • Kim Il-sung Square At 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • The 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

 

  • 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).

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 -48°C during winter.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

 

  • MORE Coming soon . . .

 



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