Monday, 3 August 2015

Chollima Statue

The Chollima Statue is a monumental sculpture which was erected in April 1961 on Mansu Hill at the foot of Moran Hill in Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK.
The statue consists of a bronze sculpture and a white-grey granite pedestal.
The bronze sculpture portrays a worker, holding high the “Red Letter” of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and a peasant woman, holding a large sheaf of rice in her arms.
They are rushing ahead on Chollima, the legendary winged horse that is said to cover a thousand ri in a day.
The statue stands 46m from the surface of the pavement.
The cast statue is 14m high and 16m long.
The pedestal is 32m high and the cast statue weighs 100t.
The Chollima Statue is the biggest and the highest horse statue on the stone tower in the world.
The monumental portrayal of the Chollima Statue realistically represents Korean people creating an unusual speed of socialist construction in the vigorous Chollima Movement started in the mid-1950s.
The figures of worker and peasant on the Chollima show the magnificent reality in which the Korean people united politically and ideologically on the basis of the Juche Idea are bringing about an epoch-making change and the typical appearance of Chollima riders growing into the heroes of the time.
In particular, the wings of Chollima emphasize the clear-cut image of Chollima that the Korean people regarded as a symbol of something rapid from old times.
It greatly helps demonstrate the national emotion and the spirit of the time.
The pattern of cloud between the pedestal and the horse gives a stronger impression of Chollima flying high into the sky.
The Chollima Statue is widely known as a monument demonstrating the heroic mettle of the Korean people.

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