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    Pyongyang Children Palaces and Universities

    Mangyondae Childrens Palace | Pyongyang Children Palace | Kim Il Sung University

    Mangyondae Childrens Palace

    The Mangyongdae Children's Palace (or Mangyongdae School Children's Palace) in Pyongyang is a public facility managed by Korean Youth Corps in North Korea where pioneer members can engage in extra-curricular activities, such as learning music, foreign languages, computing skills and sports. It was established on 2 May 1989 and it is situated in Kwangbok (Liberation) Street, in the north of Mangyongdae-guyok. It is the largest of the palaces in North Korea dedicated to children's after-school activities. In front of the Children's Palace there are a grand sculpture group and two enormous fountains, rising 90 and 100 metres. The Mangyongdae Children's Palace has 120 rooms, a swimming pool, a gymnasium and a 2,000 seat theatre.

    The palace visit will include displays of incredibly talented martial artists, gymnasts and musicians. The tour usually culminates in the main auditorium with a fantastic performance.

    Pyongyang Children Palace

    Following the canons of socialist architecture, the palace is finished with granite inside and outside.

    Kim Il Sung University

    Kim Il Sung University, founded on 1 October 1946, is the first university built in North Korea. It is located on a 15 hectare campus in Pyongyang, the nation's capital. Along with the main academic buildings, the campus contains 10 separate offices, 50 laboratories, libraries, museums, a printing press, an R&D centre, dormitories and a hospital.The university is named in honor of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Courses in the department of social sciences take 5 years, while those of the department of natural sciences take 6 years to complete.

    During the Korean War, the university was located at Paeksong-ri under Mt. Jamo in Suncheon-gun, which was far from the centre of the city. By late 1955, the reconstruction of the main building on the Pyongyang campus was in progress and soon the university moved back to the centre of Pyongyang

    Kim Il Sung University has become the first university in the country to launch a website on the global Internet. The site is available in Korean and English and is being served from a computer in Pyongyang. The site is available at http://www.ryongnamsan.edu.kp