Tower of the Juche Idea is located on the bank of the Taedong River in the eastern part of Pyongyang.
It was erected in April 1982 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of President Kim Il Sung to glorify forever the ideological and theoretical exploits of the President who authored the immortal Juche idea.
It is made up of white granite pieces by applying the Korean traditional style of building a stone tower. It is the highest of those known in the world. It consists of a tower body, a torch, a three-person group statue, sub-thematic group sculptures, two pavilions and two fountains sending up a jet of water 150 metres high.
The tower body symbolizes the ideological and theoretical feats performed by the President, and the torch the greatness and validity of the Juche idea, which illuminates the road ahead of mankind. Displayed in a niche of the tower are the precious stone plaques sent by heads of states and governments, individual figures and the adherents of the Juche idea in many countries around the world.
The tower is 170 metres high (tower body 150 metres, torch 20 metres). A lift brings tourists to an observatory of the tower, which commands a bird’s-eye view of beautiful Pyongyang.