Based on a Korean legend where a winged horse could fly at incredible speed (1000 ri a day) but always struggled to find someone to ride on it, the Chollima Statue was used to encourage the people to reconstruct the country after the Korean War (1950-3), emphasising the fact that constant work and innovation were required.
It was completed on Mansu Hill on April 15 in 1961 and its whole size is of 46 metres. On it are a worker (representing the working class) and a young peasant woman behind (who stands for the advancing peasant class).
Like many other areas on the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang was completed devastated after the War, which left an estimated apalling figure of over 3 million victims and a country divided to the present day. The whole city was literally re-built from scratch.