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Why Is North Korea So Obsessed With Everything Massive!

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Some of North Korea’s most impressive (and intimidating) architecture lives in the city center, such as the sprawling Manyongdae Children’s Palace. It features two “arms” meant to imitate a mother’s embrace.

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It’s here in central Pyongyang that the Korean People’s Army meets in a hangar-like assembly hall for addresses given by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

Much of the country’s architecture is meant to honor its leaders: founder Kim Il Sung, who led between 1972 and 1994, and Kim Jong Il, who followed until his own death in 2011.

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Portraits of the two men hang all around the capital city. Here they are featured prominently above a downtown train station.



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