Arch of Reunification

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Arch of Reunification
Monument-to-National-Reunification-2014.jpg
Arch of Reunification
Arch of Reunification is located in Pyongyang
Arch of Reunification
Location in Pyongyang
Location Pyongyang, North Korea
Width 30 metres (98 ft)
Height 61.5 metres (202 ft)
Opening date August 2001 (2001-08)
Dedicated to
Arch of Reunification
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-metre 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. 

External links[edit]

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