The main square in Sinuiju is Kim Il-sung Square just outside the railway station. We didn’t tarry there and just passed through it on arrival as its main tourist attraction, a giant bronze statue of Kim Il-sung, was under wraps due to renovations.

We spent a short time in this other square as the Sinuiju Art Gallery (picture 3), which we visited, is situated on its south east side. The large building on the west side appears to be a performing arts centre/theatre (picture below) though I don’t know that for certain.


I have also been unable ascertain the name of this square though I have read references to a Sinuiju Cultural Square which it might be, hence the question mark appended to the title of this review.

The square is four or five blocks west of Kim Il-sung Square and appears to be somewhat larger (looking on Google Earth).

While the uneven stone surface of the square is a nice feature my overall impression of the little used square is one of dullness and drabness. This, dullness and drabness, flowed through, and was indeed worse in, other parts of the city we visited and in which we were prohibited from taking photos. The city, while clean and tidy like the rest of the country, is worn and tired and clearly lacking any buzz or vitality. People seem to do little more than survive here. While smiles and frivolity were rare in Pyongyang, outside parks and areas specified for entertainment, they were pretty much non existent here, the exuberance of our Pyongyang trained guides being a notable exception. A friend on seeing this review even pointed out that newlyweds depicted in my review on newlyweds in Sinuiju Folk Park looked more like they were attending a funeral (than their wedding).

This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on my trip to Sinuiju, North Korea. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Ponbu Kindergarten Show or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – In North Korea – On the Border with China.


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