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.
Vintage photo of Pyongyangites riding the Pyongyang Metro’s escalator. The deepest metro system in the world at 110 metres, it takes 3 ½ minutes to reach platforms from ground level. Daily ridership is estimated to be between 300,000 to 700,000 people.
Pyongyang on the first day of 2018.
A large fireworks show was held along the Taedong River in Pyongyang to mark the start of 2018.
First snow fall in Pyongyang for the winter of 2017-18.