Arch of Reunification

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Arch of Reunification
Monument-to-National-Reunification-2014.jpg
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 조국통일3대헌장기념탑
Hancha
Revised Romanization Joguk Tongil Samdae Heonjang Ginyeomtap
McCune–Reischauer Choguk T'ongil Samtae Hŏnjang Kinyŏmt'ap

The Arch of Reunification (official name: Monument to the Three-Point Charter for National Reunification)[1] is a sculptural arch located south of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It was opened in August 2001 to commemorate Korean reunification proposals put forward by Kim Il-sung.[2]

The concrete arch straddles the multi-laned Reunification Highway leading from Pyongyang to the DMZ. It consists of two Korean women in traditional dress (chosŏn-ot), symbolizing the North and the South,[2] leaning forward to jointly uphold a sphere bearing a map of a reunified Korea. The sphere is the emblem of the Three Charters; the Three Principles of National Reunification; the Plan of Establishing the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo and the Ten Point Program of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation. The original plan was to have a 55-meter pillar with three branches to represent Koreans in the north, the south, and overseas.[1]

The plinth of the structure is engraved with messages of support for re-unification and peace from various individuals, organizations and nations.

The arch appeared on a postage stamp in 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Justin Corfield (July 2013). Historical Dictionary of Pyongyang. Anthem Press. pp. 8–. ISBN 978-0-85728-234-7. 
  2. ^ a b Harris, Mark Edward (2007). Inside North Korea. Chronicle Books. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-8118-5751-2. 

Coordinates: 38°57′51.5″N 125°42′56.5″E / 38.964306°N 125.715694°E / 38.964306; 125.715694