[KS] Info about Pyongyang

don kirk kirkdon at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 13 21:40:07 EDT 2012

Am not sure we're talking about the same thing, but I visited a spacious Korean History Museum on Kim Il-sung square in July. It fills almost one whole side of the square, covering history from most ancient times to Japanese period, not the Korean War. It's opposite the foreign trade ministry, I think, down from the foreign ministry.
That's different from the Fatherland Wars' Museum, which I've visited at least three times. (I may not have quite the right name for that one.) I also took a long walk through Moran Park. Always in custody of minders, we didn't see any "Central History Museum" there -- but maybe we missed it. Saw the Pueblo in Wonsan in 1995, then saw it moored in the Daedong River in Pyongyang in 2005, not sure when it got there. (Not that you asked, but I was told they took down the antenna, other stuff that made it look like a navy ship, eg., that gun on the rear deck, covered it with tarps and sailed it around the peninsula.)
Don Kirk

--- On Thu, 9/13/12, BJ <joinau at chollian.net> wrote:

From: BJ <joinau at chollian.net>
Subject: [KS] Info about Pyongyang
To: "'Korean Studies Discussion List'" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 12:11 PM

I am working on a research about Pyongyang urban planning. I have found some difficulties, as one may expect with DPRK, with determining certain facts, dates and locating some sites. I hope someone in the list could help me with one or more of these many questions!
1.       Korean Central History Museum : it used to be on Moran Hill before 1977 (it is said to have opened there in 1945). Where was it located ? 
2.       It was closed for renovation until recently. Has it reopened?
3.       Korean Revolution Museum : before being behind the Grand Monument of Mansudae (1972), where was it located? It was supposed to be founded in 1948 under the name of Central State Museum of the Liberation Fight (I translate from French).
4.      The Korea Art Gallery had been closed for “renovations” for years. When has it reopened? (If it has). Was it opened first in 1954 or 1960?
5.       Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum : it is said to have opened initially in August 1953, but before being rebuilt in its actual location in 1974, where was it located?
6.       Chris Springer says that the Three-Revolutions Exhibition opened in 1993 (I have 1992 in another source…), on the site of a former “exhibition”. Does anybody know what kind of exhibition it was ?
7.       Was the USS Pueblo moved from Wonsan to Pyongyang in 1999? (I found different dates).
8.       Does anybody know where are located the fast food restaurant, the new Italian restaurant and the micro-brewery?
9.       Does anybody know the date of construction of Mansudae Art Studio? And why it was named this way despite the fact that it is not in Mansudae area?
10.   When was the Kim Il Sung Stadium first built (before the extensions and renovations of the 1970’s and 1980’s, when it was still called the Moranbong Stadium)?
11.   From when the site of Anhak palace in Taesong area has been “discovered” and opened to the public?
12.   When did the so-called mausoleum or tomb of Tangun open to the public: 1993 or 1994?
Thank you!

Benjamin JOINAU
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