It was opened in April Juche71(1982) on the occasion of the 70th birthday of President Kim Il Sung.
It stands as the background of Kim Il Sung Square.
Covering a total floor space of over 100 000㎡, this 10-storied building is an example of traditional Korean-style architectures.
As a centre for disseminating scientific, technical and cultural knowledge, it also performs the function of an institution of tertiary education.
It has a library stocked with tens of millions of books, about 20 large reading rooms, about 10 lecture rooms, and other 600 rooms, including information rooms, question-and-answer rooms, foreign language lecture rooms, a general lecture hall with 800 seats, a music room, etc.
More than 10 000 people visit the palace a day on the average for studying by themselves or taking lectures.
The observatory on the 6th-floor balcony commands the bird’s-eye view of beautiful Pyongyang.
The Grand People’s Study House was built in a short period of 21 months.