North Korea

Very Tall Flagpoles

We’ve previously featured Mexico’s giant flags but this is the world’s largest unsupported flagpole in Jordan. Narrowly beating the previous record holder in UAE, the flagpole is 126.8 metres tall, is illuminated at night and can apparently be seen from…

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Wednesday, 19th July 2006

Kim Il-Sung

North Korea’s former dictator, Kim Il-Sung (Kim Jong-Il’s father) is held in very high esteem, as shown by this absolutely gigantic bronze statue of the “Eternal Leader” who died in 1994. This ground level photo should give you an idea…

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Monday, 27th February 2006

Ryugyong Hotel

This is the striking (and huge) Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. It’s a 330-metre-tall pyramid-shaped building with 3,000 rooms, and was supposed to have 7 revolving restaurants, except they never actually finished it. Wikipedia says: newspapers estimated the cost…

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Thursday, 23rd February 2006

North Korean Airfields

There’s a couple of airfields in North Korea that airplane buffs and wannabe spies will enjoy browsing. Taechon airfield has numerous biplanes sitting in little bunkers and a couple more randomly parked on the runway. One submitter reckoned they could…

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Saturday, 19th November 2005

Joint Security Area

When North Korea, China and the United Nations Command (UNC) signed the 1953 armistice which effectively ended the Korean War, they did so in a village called P’anmunjÅ?m. After the cease-fire was signed, construction began on a site located about…

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Friday, 30th September 2005

North Korean Dams

There isn’t much high res imagery in North Korea but in the thin slice that is visible there is a wacking great river. I’ve counted no less than three hulking dams on this river. They certainly seem to like their…

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Monday, 25th July 2005
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