Pyongsong is the provincial capital city of Pyongan in the west of North Korea. Just 20 miles outside of Pyongyang and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and green fields, Pyongsong is set in a valley, with a river and main road running through the center. This planned city was built in the 1960s and in the late 20th century, it became an important center for industry, science and culture. Having only recently become open for international tourism, it is something of an untapped mystery waiting to be explored, and a perfect destination for intrepid visitors in search of examples of North Korea's history and culture, as well as its people's modern way of life and the importance placed upon self sufficiency and educational excellence. Due to its relative isolation, the city's populace is not used to seeing foreign visitors. Must-sees include Kim Il Sung's statue in the main square; visits to the Paeksung food factory and Kim Jong Suk School are great ways to glimpse daily life, while the Anguk Temple at the foot of Mount Pongrin offers the chance to catch a little of historic North Korea. Another great adventure is a night drive through Pyongsong's countryside, where it's possible to catch glimpses of North Korea's true way of life.