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You only really get the reverence the two Kims generate in this state when you come here. The soles... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
David B
London, United Kingdom
Classically DPRK - opulent and wierd

This place is absolutely opulent and sacred and way way over the top in its extravagance. But... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

You only really get the reverence the two Kims generate in this state when you come here. The soles of your shoes are mechanically brushed as you enter. It is a cathedral to the father and son, rooms contain all the awards either they or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

This place is absolutely opulent and sacred and way way over the top in its extravagance. But obviously it is another prime reason for visiting DPRK and getting first hand appreciation of the devotion of the "population" to their "great" leaders. Extremely tight security and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Macca3820
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

A visit to The mausoleum is a significant part of any trip to Pyongyang and I would say that although it is odd to us it is important to do to get a real cultural experience. Everyone kept telling me how crazy this system was...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank LynsFrostee
Reviewed 12 December 2017

The trip was interesting but wasn't as hyped up as I thought. We waited for 20 minutes in the waiting area. There were some books about the palace itself. When it was time to go, I have to work in a line of three (myself...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank terlunche
Reviewed 12 December 2017

I red a few reviewes written by others, and I agree with them. This is likely must see attraction as it is very telling about the N.Korean people. To say that the locals consider this place highly is an understatement. This is the place of...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Even if you might not agree with the politics. It´s a very scared place, and you should behave accordignly. It is not necessary a dress or suit with tie, but is appreciated. Jeans/shirts and sneakers are not allowed. Cameras and phones have to be left...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Originally the official residence of Kim Il Sung and named the Kumsusan Assembly Hall, this building and the surrounding grounds were converted into their current state after his death in 1994 by the President’s son, Kim Jong Il. Foreign tourists are allowed to only visit...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank midway42
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The huge distances covered by the travelators is impressive. The over the top security. You can't have anything personal, no cameras, phones, digital watches and even sunglasses. Inside is impressive and you are whisked from one room to another to look at all the honorary...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Paul S
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Most important location to the North Koreans as it serves as a memorial for Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-il. Please show respect and listen to your guides as the North Koreans are very sensitive about tourists' behaviour here. As with the Mansudae Grand...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank phinfogg
Reviewed 22 April 2017

While the whole experience is weird, the most bizarre part is actually seeing the embalmed bodies of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. And seeing local women dramatically burst into tears when seeing their leaders.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank memypassportandi
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30 July 2017|
Response from memypassportandi | Reviewed this property |
It would really be nice to have at least a button down shirt and some pants that are nicer than jeans. You can probably get away with a polo shirt and very nice jeans, but it's not respectful. And this is a country where... More