Sinuiju Cultural Square (?)


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. Continue reading “Sinuiju Cultural Square (?)”


Livu Laukums – Full of Colour


Through the Middle Ages and into the modern era German traders and merchants, via the Hanseatic League, were generous to Riga and indeed were instrumental in the building and prosperity of the city for centuries. During World War II the German Luftwaffe was equally generous when it came to dropping bombs on the city and destroying many of its historic buildings. Some of these bombs demolished buildings in the area that was subsequently cleared to create what became Livu Laukums (Square). Continue reading “Livu Laukums – Full of Colour”

Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums)


The Old City of Riga has a collection of small squares, each worthy a visit in its own right.

One of, if not, the oldest of these squares is the cobbled Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums). This has been the administrative/local government centre of the city since it was founded in 1201. Since then markets, festivals and all manner of events have occupied or taken place in this square. For those into it, this used to be the place to go for an afternoon’s merriment at a public execution or two. Continue reading “Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums)”