Suitably clad in a shirt and tie this morning, the primary focus of the morning’s activity would be a visit to the Mausoleum of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-il. While we made our way there we got to see a couple of monuments relevant to the immortality of the two leaders. The first of these was an Eternal Life monument.
Following the death of the Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, in 1994, his son and successor, Kim Jong-il, ordered the building of Yeong Saeng ( Eternal Life) monuments throughout North Korea. It is thought that some 3000 of these monuments were erected in prominent positions in cities, towns and villages across the country each serving as a reminder, through their main inscription, that the “Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung is with us for Eternity”. Just as well given that he is the Eternal President of the DPRK.
The monument pictured here is located close the Three Revolution Exhibition in the northern part of Pyongyang. It is around 20 metres tall and typical of Eternal Life monuments elsewhere, though the size does vary from place to place. In addition to the standard inscription referred to above you can see Kimilsungia flowers on the base. The Kimilsungia flower is a type of orchid dedicated to and named after Kim Il-sung.
Citizens are “encouraged” to pay their respects to (worship) the Great Leader at their local monument, either on the anniversary of his death (8 July) or on his official birthday (15 April). The dedicated and truly loyal will, of course, visit on both occasions.
Newly weds often feel inclined to lay flowers on these monuments on their wedding day.
This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries on my trip to Pyongyang. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Tower of Immortality – or to start the loop at the beginning go to – Pyongyang – A Capital City Unlike any Other