Environmental Advances in Pyongyang
Go back just five or so short years and the evening landscape in Pyongyang was drastically different to today, as an energy conscious state, unnecessary power was reduced or turned off. Great environmental advances now see energy-efficient LED lighting powering the city run by solar panels and mini-wind turbines. It's not uncommon for entire street scapes and buildings to be lit using this new power providing both essential lighting and spectacular visual displays during festivals. Of course with power still being a much-valued resource, all unnecessary use of electricity is closely monitored and adjusted. Brand new electric-powered trolly buses and the associated infrastructure is also an integral part of all city planning.
Monument to the Three Charters, Pyongyang
On August 14, Juche 90 (2001) the Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification was completed on Thongil Street in Pyongyang. The street is the beginning of the Reunification Highway which leads from the capital city of the DPRK to the DMZ. The construction covers over 100,000 square metres, measures 30 metres tall and has a width of 61.6 metres (a reflection of the date the North-South Joint Declaration was signed, June 15th 1961). It depicts two Korean women in national dress holding up the emblem of the Three Charters - a unified map of Korea. The principles of the Three Charters are:
Three Principles of National Reunification
Plan of Establishing the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo (DFRK) and
The Ten Point Program of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation
Within the memorial is also a monument to President Kim Il Sung's proposition on reunification which calls on all Koreans to unite as one irrespective of differences in ideology, political or religious belief.
The plinth of the structure is engraved with messages of support for reunification and peace from various individuals, organisations and nations.