Mansudae Fountain Park

The Mansudae Fountain Park acts as a recreation and relaxation zone. Located in a convenient location outside two of Pyongyang’s most frequented places, the Grand People’s Study House and the Mansudae Art Theatre.  The park was opened in 1976 as an extension to the nearby art theatre, since then the trees have grown taller and denser giving it the appearance of being a separate place. One of the fountains shoots water 80 meters in the air, blurring the lines between a fountain and a manmade geyser. On a nice day, university students leave the recycled air of the Grand People’s Study House and enjoy the mist from the fountains. Recently married couples often come to the park for a photo shoot, although the university students tend to clutter the backdrops. The most popular of which being the park’s centerpiece, 28 angelic-looking white statues of women performing a dance called the “Snow Falls.” Other fountains simulate natural waterfalls, a unique sight in the midst of the concrete slabs that Pyongyang consists of. WIthin eyeshot of the park is two buildings mostly off-limits to foreigners. Sungin Hall and Sungryong Hall may be the oldest buildings in all of Pyongyang and are both listed as national treasures to the DPRK. Sungin Hall dates back to the Koryo dynasty, established in 918 and the first unified kingdom of the Korean peninsula. Both of the buildings have since been rebuilt.