Monday, September 3, 2012


Sights & Sites
International Friendship Exhibition – large museum complex located at Myohyang-san mountain, North Pyongan province; collection of halls that house gifts presented to former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il from various foreign dignitaries, opened in 1978; built in traditional style, consisting of over 150 rooms covering between 28-70K square meters; no windows; between 60-220K gifts, including: bear’s head (Romanian leader Nicolae Ceauşescu), metal horseman and ornate chess boards (Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi), crocodile skin suitcase (Cuban leader Fidel Castro), gem-encrusted silver sword and miniature mosque in mother of pearl (Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat), antique gramophone (China’s 1st premier Zhou Enlai), armored train car (Chairman Mao Zedong), ivory lion (Tanzania), gold cigarette case (Yugoslavia), bronze USSR tank (East Germany), silver chopsticks (Mongolia), basketball (signed by Michael Jordan, given by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright), bullet-proof limousine (Soviet leader Joseph Stalin), and copy of Bootsy Collins’ 1994 album Back in Day: Best of Bootsy.

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