Tower of the Juche Idea

eastern bank of the Taedong River opposite Kim Il Sung Square
Pyongyang, North Korea

Tower of Juche Idea
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The Juche Tower was built as a monument to Kim Il Sung and the Juche Idea, a blend of autarky, self-reliance, nationalism, Korean traditionalism, and Marxism-Leninism that he developed.

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Tower of the Juche Idea Categories

  • Man-Made

    The 170 meter (560 ft) tower is a four sided tapering 150 meter (490 ft) spire (the tallest in granite) dressed in white stone with seventy dividers and capped with a 20 meter (66 ft) high, 45 ton, illuminated metal torch.
  • Monuments and Memorials

    Completed in 1982, The Juche Tower was made to commemorate Kim Il Sung's 70th birthday. The tower contains 25,550 blocks, one for each day of Kim Il Sung's life.
  • Superlatives

    At 170 meters (560 feet), the Tower of the Juche Idea is the tallest granite spire in the world. From the viewing platform just below the torch, you can see large areas of the city of Pyongyang.
  • Towers and Masts



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