August 15th is an important holiday in the DPRK
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, which North Koreans celebrate as Jogukhaebangui nal 조국해방의날 – National Liberation Day.
There will be celebrations and festivities taking place all over the country today. Four sites are considered especially important to visit.
Arch of Triumph
The Arch of Triumph, located at the bottom of Moranbong Hill in Pyongyang, was unveiled on April 1982, on the the 70th birthday of the leader Kim Il Sung. The 60m-high structure has '1925-1945' carved on each of the pillars, which marks the years in which Kim Il Sung fought to liberate the DPRK from Japanese colonial rule.
Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery
The Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery is located on Mt. Taesong, just outside of Pyongyang. It was built in 1975 with dozens of bronze busts in memory of revolutionaries who fought for the freedom and independence of the country
Korean Revolution Museum
The Korean Revolution Museum, located on Mansu Hill, was founded in August 1948, a month before the foundation of DPRK. The museum (seen here behind the Mansudae Grand Monument) displays the history of anti-Japanese revolutionary Armed Struggle, giving a clear explanation about the Pochonbo Battle (June 4th, 1937), which was a key event in the war against the Japanese.
Mangyongdae Native House
The birth place of Kim Il Sung is another important site in Pyongyang. It is located at the foot of the beautiful Mangyong Hill.The farming tools and household goods used by his family members are well preserved inside the traditional Korean house.