Pyongyang General Hospital: A Bright White Beacon After the Rains

Recent commercial satellite imagery shows that work on the exterior of the Pyongyang General Hospital is in its final phase.
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38 North
By Samantha Pitz Co-Author

Despite multiple typhoons over the past few weeks, construction on the Pyongyang General Hospital has continued uninterrupted as workers race to meet Kim Jong Un’s goal of finishing the hospital by October 10, the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). However, while the deadline looms just weeks away, the completion of the hospital’s interior remains in question.

Exterior Improvements

Over the past two months, North Korea has been hit with heavy rains and back-to-back typhoons. However, despite these storms, the new buildings show no indications of damage. While the rains may have caused some minor delays, construction has continued at a steady pace.

Since August 8, there has been extensive work completed on the outer walls and roof as evidenced by the building’s new, bright-white appearance. Moreover, North Korean media has featured hospital improvements in recent weeks. On September 13, for instance, Rodong Sinmun reported tile-setting efforts for the outer walls and published ground-level images of various projects underway. KCNA coverage also highlighted progress on the hospital’s façade, including window frames, glazing and painting.

The entrance hall section of the building appears to be nearing external completion, and the helipad, located on the roof of the building’s center structure, is being paved and is on track to be usable in the near future. The entire structure now closely resembles KCTV’s rendering of the site.

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