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International Friendship Exhibition: sights of North Korea

The International Friendship Exhibition, alternatively known as the ‘International Friendship Museum’, is one of the most well-known and iconic places you can visit in North Korea.

Where is the International Friendship Exhibition?

An exterior shot of the International Friendship Exhibition.

The Exhibition is found at Mount Myohyang in North Pyongan Province. The mountain is one of the most beautiful places in all of North Korea, and is one of the holy mountains of the country.

The Exhibition itself is a two-building installation wherein the many gifts given to Kims Il Sung and Jong Il are housed. Both buildings are interesting in their own way, but very distinct: Kim Il Sung’s collection includes a good number of diplomatic gifts from the former Eastern Bloc, whilst his son’s features an array of more contemporary items such as cutting-edge consumer goods from leading technology companies. His exhibition even features a signed basketball given by former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.

Fun fact: there is a bone china set there that was gifted by your very own Young Pioneer Tours. Look out for it when you visit the International Friendship Museum!

When did the International Friendship Exhibition open?

A stuffed crocodile holding a tray of drinks -- one of the more bizarre exhibits at the International Friendship Exhibition.

The Exhibition was originally opened in 1978 and covers an area of 70,000 square metres. It’s been compared (by the Lonely Planet) to the lair of a Bond villain. We personally view it as a great piece of architecture nestled in the foothills of one of Korea’s most beautiful mountains.

The scenery surrounding the Exhibition is, indeed, so legendarily beautiful that it was the subject of a 1979 poem by DPRK founder Kim Il Sung:

“On the balcony I see the most

glorious scene in the world…

The Exhibition stands here,

its green eaves upturned, to exalt

The dignity of the nation,

and Piro Peak looks higher still.”

Whilst a visit to the International Friendship Exhibition is not exactly de rigeur for our tours, it can be found on several and may often be included as an extension. We can also accommodate trips here on our independent tours.