Western Pyongyang with the Monument to Party Founding in the distance. Visitors are often surprised at Pyongyang’s bright pastel-colors and uniquely constructed buildings. The city’s development has been overseen by the Pyongyang City Designing Institute which has managed the design and construction of over 470 important projects including recently completed Mirae Scientists Street and Ryomyong Street.
An LED-style display spanning at least five stories and illumination lighting have recently been added to the Ryugyong Hotel. The hotel has been under construction since 1986 but it has seen a flurry of minor construction activities leading to speculation that it will finally open on a limited basis later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK.
Cherry blossoms trees have begun to bloom along the Taedong River marking the arrival of spring in Pyongyang.
Central Pyongyang by night.
Newly built Ryomyong Street (Dawn Street) in Pyongyang, North Korea. The neighborhood was developed with green, energy-saving architecture principles and as a result, there are over 250,000 sq meters of garden vegetation in rooftop greenhouses and window gardens. Solar panels and geothermal systems have also been installed on over 122 buildings and are used for lighting, heating, and cooling.
7.27 is North Korea’s most luxurious cigarette brand. The numbers 7.27 represents July 27, 1953 – the date when the Korean War came to a halt after the armistice agreement. Although the war is technically not over, the DPRK celebrates this day as a decisive victory.