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Architecture of North Korea

Typical traditional Korean architecture were two main styles: a Palace-temple which has been formed under the strong influence of Chinese canons, and folk — the building of houses for ordinary people, who had many local varieties. Ancient architects who built palaces and temples, borrowed a system of beams and supports the Chinese. For residential buildings of ordinary people were characterized by thatched roofs and under floor heating system, ondol. Rich people built large houses with elegantly curved tiled roofs ended at the end slightly raised eaves. Great value in architecture was given to the natural landscape. So, many Buddhist monasteries scattered throughout the country, usually built in the mountains, perfectly blending into the surrounding landscape. A place for building only then was considered appropriate, when opened from there the corresponding view of the “mountains and water”.

Architectural symbols of modern North Korea are the Mansudae Theatre, people’s Palace of studies, the Palace of congresses Mansudae, the Palace of pioneers and schoolchildren, the Museum of the Korean revolution and the 105-storey hotel «Rougon” in Pyongyang.

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