After visiting the Tower of Juche Idea, we headed over to another monument commemorating the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The WPK is the ruling party of North Korea and is headed by its General Secretary, Kim Jong-il. This particular monument was erected in 1995 to commemorate the WPK’s iron-fisted rule over North Korea for 50 long years. More on the monument from KCNA:
The grand monument consummates the great feats of the WPK which has created a world-famous model for the accomplishment of the socialist cause and paved a new path for the founding of the revolutionary party in the Juche era over last 60-odd years.
The monument consists of the 50m-towers which depict a hammer, sickle and writing-brush held by the worker, peasant and intellectual symbolic of the components of the WPK, a circular band on which the slogan “Long live the Workers’ Party of Korea which organizes and guides all victories for the Korean people!” is embossed and the foundation which means the long history of the Party. It is an edifice of the times which combines well the originality of the structure with the architectural art.
Carved in relief in the inside of the circular band are three large sculptures showing the historical root of the WPK, the might of the single-minded unity of the leader, party and masses and the fighting feature of the Korean people to carry out the human cause of independence.
The monument will shine long as a symbol of the glorious Workers’ Party of Korea.
When we arrived at the monument, a mass dance had just ended and groups of North Koreans were sitting in groups waiting to be dismissed by their supervisors.