Pyongyang Sunset
 Panoramic view of Pyongyang.

Panoramic view of Pyongyang.

On my first day in Pyongyang, we were taken up to the top of Juche Tower for sunset. What a commanding view of the city! I think people are generally surprised to see what Pyongyang really looks like, and just how big (and small) it is. I hope that someday, I can visit the top of Juche Tower again.

On the far left is the Yanggakdo Hotel where I stayed (literally on an island in the Taedong River). In the center is the Kim Il-sung square, which you've undoubtedly seen if you've ever seen a North Korean military parade on TV. A bit further to the right, piercing the skyline at 105 stories is the famed Ryugyong Hotel, which was undergoing a bit of a facelift at the time as it was being covered in shiny new glass. Finally, to the far right is the Rungnado May Day Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in the world where I saw the Mass games.