Pyongyang’s skyline viewed from the Yanggakdo International Hotel. The capital’s electricity situation has dramatically improved in recent years due to the ongoing modernization of North Korea’s power grid and the completion of several new power plants.
The Ryugyong Hotel lit up with the slogan “People Oriented.” The 105 story hotel has been under construction in Pyongyang for over 20 years, however, recently construction on the hotel has quickened and there are rumors that it will be completed in the next year.
The mass gymnastics and artistic performance “The Glorious Country” was held at May Day Stadium to celebrate the 70th birthday of the DPRK. The show incorporated dance, gymnastics, 3D lighting, laser effects, and even drones to depict the development of Korea.
Pyongyang and the Taedong River in September 2018.
A dancing party in the Central Youth Hall was put on in Pyongyang to mark Youth Day. Similar parties were held in provincial capitals throughout North Korea as well as art performances and sports competitions.
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.