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Grand People's Study House, P'yongyang: 6 reviews and 22 photos

This huge building dominates the western side of Kim Il Sung square and you good an excellent view of it after you've been shown around from a balcony that overlooks it. The North Korean education system (Juche Education, if you like) is based on the principle of "study while working". The building was built as part of the extensive construction in Pyongyang in honour of President Kim il Sung's 70th birthday, in 1982. The architecture is traditional Korean with 34 saddle roofs topped with 750,000 green tiles whilst the inside features imposing marble floors and balconies and wonderful lights. The Study House has some 30,000,000 million volumes within it and we were shown around various rooms including a study hall, with the two Kim's looking down on everyone, that featured an old library card system, a large room full of PC's (that, obviously, weren't connected to the internet), a music room full of old style portable stereo units (1980's style "wog box" or "ghetto blasters"). We were treated to listen to some western music such as The Beatles and, for some reason, Mariah Carey! The next room had some people watching videos on portable TV's that played the videos.

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  • Written Sep 7, 2008
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