Myohyang-sanmaek Travel Guide

  • View from the Tea Drinking Terrace
    View from the Tea Drinking Terrace
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    Yeong Saeng ("eternal life") monument
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    Local tourists and guide
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Myohyang-sanmaek Things to Do

  • Oh Eternal Leader

    In every town in the DPRK, in a prominent square a Yeong Saeng ("eternal life") monument will have been erected. This is because, when the Great Leader passed on, angelic cranes came to take him to heaven, but were because of the devotion of the mourning of his people, the cranes let him return, where he is now the 'Eternal President' .tribute is...

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  • Sogok Waterfall

    Your tour through Myohyang will be for the purpose of the North Koreans to show the wonderful tributes to Kim il-Sung in the Friendship Halls.But if you have time to go further up the road, along the river, from the Friendship Halls, you can get to the base of a hiking trail. Up the trail, there are countless waterfalls, beginning with Sogok...

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  • Pohyon Temple - Pagoda's

    There are two pagoda's within the temple complex. The first one is 9-storeys high and square and stands between the Chonwang Gate and Manse Pavilion. The second is a 13-storey high. octagonal pagoda which measures in at 8.5m high. It stands in front of the first hall, the Taeung Hall.

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  • Pohyon Temple - Gates

    In order to reach the three main halls of the temple complex, you first have to pass through three gates - Chogye, Haetal and Chonwang. The Chonwang Gate features the four temple guardians you come to expect in Buddhist temple complexes.

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  • Pohyon Temple

    The Pohyon Temple was founded in the Sangwon Valley, not far from the International Friendship Exhibition, in 1042 during the Koryo period. It is named after the Buddhist saint Pohyon who was in charge of the “morals of Buddha.” Originally it had 24 buildings and pagodas and was a major centre for propagating Buddhism in this area of Korea.The...

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  • Scenic mountain area

    The Myohyang Mountains ('Mountains of mysterious fragrance') are home to some wonderful scenery but, unfortunately, we didn't get the chance to explore it. Instead, all we saw of it was a few views of some valleys and a stream running past the International Friendship Exhibition. The air here is very clean, as is the crystal clear water in the...

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  • International Friendship Exhibition

    The International Friendship Exhibition are two huge partly underground palaces filled with over 100,000 gifts from over 150 countries to both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. We visited the larger of the two first, that was opened in 1978, which had gifts presented to Kim Il Sung. We first had to hand in our cameras and were then told to put on dust...

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  • Pohyon Temple

    The temple is tucked in the steep hills just a few minutes from the Hyangsan Hotel, about half way to the Friendship Halls.The temple has history going back several hundred years. Many temples have suffered from wars, fires, or the communist regime, but thankfully this one has survived in tact.The halls, pagodas, and manicured grounds have the...

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  • International Friendship Exhibition Hall

    Myohyang is the location of the underground depository of all the gifts and tributes that Kim il-Sung and Kim Jung-il have received. These depositories are massive underground labyrinths that could house the wealth of an entire country, and keep it safe from an all-out war.The guides like to tell you something along the lines that if you were to...

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Myohyang-sanmaek Restaurants

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 7, 2008

    We had lunch here which was enough for 20 people, yet alone 12. The hotel is quite dated in appearance with much of the general decor looking like it dates from the 1970's. There is a shop near reception in the foyer that sells stamps, pin badges and other souvenirs.

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Myohyang-sanmaek Nightlife

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    by Orchid Written Mar 1, 2013

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    Nightlife is what you make of it if you are a tourist in the mountains of the DPRK. After a pretty fair first meal in the hotel restaurant, we found that there was a shortage of things to do in town. Given that we were not to leave the hotel grounds, this meant we had to find our own amusement. The Hyangsang Hotel did have a karaoke bar, but it was for Koreans only, and had no drinks. The 2nd floor 'Museum Bar' was closed off behind glass!

    After raiding the hotel kitchen, we secured at least 2 dozen No12 beers for not many euro, and adjourned to the little bar under the stairs in the lobby, watched over by Great Leader and his son.

    We shot the breeze until after midnight, finishing up with free vodka shots.

    The Kims  at home No 11 Beer is better than No 12 beer

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Myohyang-sanmaek Transportation

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 7, 2008

    This is the empty highway that takes you the 100 miles (160km) from Pyongyang to Myohyangsan. It passes by rivers along long viaducts before heading into the scenic mountains. The second picture shows a couple of trucks on the highway which were the first of only a few that I saw during my time in North Korea.

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Myohyang-sanmaek Warnings and Dangers

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 7, 2008

    When visiting the International Friendship Exhibition, you first have to hand in your cameras and then put on dust covers over your shoes. This is due to the fact that marble is everywhere inside - on the floors, walls, balconies and staircases. Also try and refrain from 'ice skating' along the polished floors as you are kind of visiting one of the country’s most important buildings. In the picture (which was taken on a balcony outside), I'm not actually asleep, just acting as the chairs were comfy!

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