Excite Travel: Destinations: North Korea: Overview "Though North Korean society has some elements in common with Stalinist Russia (or China during the Cultural Revolution), it has no modern-day equivalent. One can, however, see parallels between it and major dynasties of the past: its grand-scale engineering projects, enormous bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and the slogans carved into rocks are the direct descendants of Egyptian hieroglyphics, pyramids and stone-carved images of pharaohs. One suspects, however, that the Korean monuments won’t be around nearly as long."