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Impressive building built exceptionally fast

The N.Koreans are skilled builders.. This grandiose building on the main square was apparently... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
New York City, New York
another bizzarre experience

The inside of the Library is really quite ordinary - its big for sure but quite plain. The tour in... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
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Pyongyang, North Korea
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

Ok, this was one of the weirdest places I've ever been. It's a huge library with an extreme amount of books. The halls are very impressive, the views from the roof amazing. I just missed one thing: people. The few 'locals' that were there did...More

2  Thank Tom P
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

So the GPSH is an impressive idea and the building is certainly grand. However we visited in summer and there was nil a/c with a lot of people crammed inside so it was certainly a challenge for the claustrophobic amongst us. It was like any...More

1  Thank Tui0200
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

The whole reason we visit NK is to see things like this - whether we really like it or not This is meant to be a magnificent showpiece but it's frankly bizarre. The structure is certainly opulent - but it's not fit for purpose. It...More

Thank Macca3820
Reviewed 12 December 2017

The N.Koreans are skilled builders.. This grandiose building on the main square was apparently built in 20 months, and our guide was very proud of that achievement. The building is very nice with an impressive entry hall and the huge mosaic of Kim Yong Il....More

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

The inside of the Library is really quite ordinary - its big for sure but quite plain. The tour in theory is quite boring but deliciously so. They tried to impress me when they showed me that had books on every subject and we went...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 26 October 2017

I am not sure what to call this place. To Westerners this would be a combination of a vast library and an adult education centre on a scale not seen in the West. Amongst the books in the library we were shown copies of Harry...More

Thank gyanfernando
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Amongst so many buildings, this is definitely not the most special. However, its size and architecture is quite impressive!

Thank Ana L
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Lying on an axis of symbolism with Kim Il Sung Square and the Juche Tower, the Grand People’s Study House is a Korean-style building that functions as a rough equivalent to the Library of Congress. I toured in the middle of my nine days in...More

1  Thank midway42
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Like most things in the DPRK this is built on a monumental scale. The numbers they throw at you are totally unbelievable, but interesting nonetheless. As it is a compulsory stop, no point in complaining.

Thank RodGarnett
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Well not actually a house as such, but a huge building/library,anyway situated in the heart of the city, connected at the back of Kim Il Sung Sq. Impressive Korean style, building indeed, well worth the visit, entering the foyer and showing your respects to the...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The Grand People's Study House is an impressive building constructed in traditional Korean style and is situated in the National Governmental District.of the city. It was not possible to visit the Study House but the immediate surrounding area is very attractive and a fair amount...More

Thank paullegate
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The place is basically a library with the exphasis on teaching people after they are finished with school. A lot of Professors can be asked different kind of questions. They have a lot of books and study rooms. I visited an English-class. One room had...More

2  Thank janao
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