Arch of Reunification
|Arch of Reunification|
|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) 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.
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, 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.
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.
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