Arch of Triumph, an Everlasting Grand Monument

The magnificent Arch of Triumph is standing at the foot of scenic Moran Hill in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea.

The great leader President Kim Il Sung won victory in the 20-year-long arduous anti-Japanese revolution and returned home. He exchanged his first greetings with the people in the homeland and delivered his speech on the occasion of his triumphal return in the Pyongyang Public Playground at the foot of Moran Hill on October 14, Juche 34 or 1945.

The Arch of Triumph was built at the foot of historic Moran Hill where he made the speech. The Arch of Triumph on the road in front of the Kim Il Sung Stadium was built under the proposal and meticulous guidance of the great Kim Jong Il and unveiled on April 14, Juche 71 or 1982 on the occasion of the 70th birth anniversary of the fatherly leader Kim Il Sung. It is a four-story grand stone edifice which is 60 meters high and 50.1 meters wide.

The immortal revolutionary paean “Song of General Kim Il Sung” and such figures as “1925” and “1945” inscribed on the Arch of Triumph solemnly tell with immortal letters the revolutionary history and precious revolutionary exploits of President Kim Il Sung who fought 20-year-long bloody anti-Japanese war after he set out on the road of revolution in his teens and thus liberated Korea. Mt. Paektu, the sacred mountain of revolution, on the walls of both sides of the second floor represents the revolutionary traditions established in the historical course of the arduous anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle and the indomitable spirit of the Korean army and people to successfully carry forward to completion the revolutionary cause of Juche which started in the Paektu forest generation after generation.

The Arch of Triumph has subsidiary reliefs such as “Long Live General Kim Il Sung!”, “Long Live the Liberation of the Country!”, “Looking up to the General” and “For the Building of a New Country”.

The subsidiary reliefs show ardent reverence for General Kim Il Sung, an anti-Japanese legendary hero who had been hailed on the day, and the indomitable spirit and struggle of the Korean army and people who had turned out as one to build a new country in hearty response to the line of building the party, the state and the army presented by Kim Il Sung. The Arch of Triumph is magnificent yet gives an impression of intimacy and solemnity. It shines all over as a monumental creation in the era of the Workers´ Party, which tells the immortal exploits of President Kim Il Sung for national liberation generation after generation.