The Forbidden

Tower of the Juche Idea

An ideological statement forged in concrete, bronze and marble, Pyongyang (평양; 'flat land') is the ultimate totalitarian metropolis, built almost entirely from scratch following its destruction in the Korean War. Every visit to North Korea focuses heavily and enthusiastically on the capital's monuments, towers, statues and buildings that glorify Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and the Juche philosophy.



The Cold


On the Taedong delta, 55km southwest of Pyongyang, is Nampo (남포), North Korea’s most important port and centre of industry. Nampo made its name as the ‘birthplace of the Chollima movement’ after the workers at the local steel plant supposedly ‘took the lead in bringing about an upswing in socialist construction’, according to local tourist pamphlets.