Written by Zoe Stephens
Built: October 1995 (Juche 84)
Where: Munsu Street
The Party Foundation monument stands directly in line with the two large bronze statues of the Great Leaders in the Taedonggang District, Pyongyang. It is exactly 2.16km away in distance, symbolizing the birth date of Kim Jong-Il on 16th February.
Behind it you will find two large buildings meant to represent two red flags with the inscriptions above them;
“100 Battles”(left building)
“100 Victories” (right bilding)
There is also a gift shop, and an art gallery called the Cultural Exhibition Hall where souvenirs of all types can be purchased, as well as some original oil paintings.
The Party Foundation Monument was erected for the 50th year anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The monument as a whole symbolizes Juche ideology and is full of symbolism.
It contains 3 parts; the hammer, sickle, and calligraphy brush, which have been adapted from the original communist hammer and sickle symbol
- The Hammer symbolizes the workers, the sickle symbolizes the farmers, and the calligraphy brush symbolizes intellectuals.
- The monument is 50 meters high for the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Worker’s Party of Korea.
- The belt is made of 216 blocks, with a 42-meter inner diameter. This symbolizes the date 16th February 1942; the purposed birth date of Kim Jong-Il.
The inscription on the outer belt reads:
“The organizers of the victory of the Korean people and the leader of the Workers Party of Korea!”
The three bronze images on the inside of the belt symbolize;
- The root of the party
- The unity of the people under the party
- The people’s vision for a great future.
The monument was designed and completed by the Mansudae Art Studio, the main studio in Korea that creates all monuments and statues representing the Great Leaders.
It was built using granite slabs, as well as bronze on the insides to represent the different aspects of the Korean people.