Built: April 1961
Where: Munsu Hill
The main Chollima statue stands at the top of the Mansu Hill, at the side of the statues of the Great Leaders. There are smaller versions of Chollima found throughout the country, but the main one stands at over 150 feet tall in the countries capital, Pyongyang.
The statue was unveiled on 15 April 1961 as a present to Kim Il-Sung on his 49th birthday. The Chollima Spirit ideology was introduced to North Korea in 1956 by Kim Il-Sung and is based around the Chinese mythological horse (see below).
It was built by the Mansudae Art Studio, one of the world’s largest art studios.
The statue is 14 meters high and 16 meters long. There are two figures riding the Chollima; a worker (7 meters) and a woman (6.5 meters). Both figures are made of bronze, and the base of the monument is granite. The worker holds a document from the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the woman holds rice.
“Let us dash forward in the spirit of Chollima!”
The term ‘Mallima’ also refers to an imaginary horse, but this one runs very long distances at even faster speeds than Chollima – 10,000 ri/ 3,900km per day. It is used in a similar way to Chollima, to motivate the Korean people to work hard and fast.
“To be riders and front-runners in the Mallima movement is the bounden duty and noble obligation of our generations who were born in the motherland of Juche and grew up learning the epic of the Chollima age.” Ruling party paper Rodong Sinmun.
Want to see the statue for yourself?
Join Young Pioneer Tours on a tour to North Korea.
Latest posts by Lee Parry (see all)
- Cutud Lenten: getting nailed in the Philippines - June 20, 2019
- Midget boxing is funny - May 17, 2019
- Fictional Countries: 5 that would be great to visit (but you can’t) - May 13, 2019
- Birobidzhan – The Soviet Zion - May 13, 2019