North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Inside the Mansudae Apartments

Mansudae Street Apartment Complex

Kim Jong Il on a guidance tour of the Mansudae Street apartments in October 2009. (Photo: KCNA)

One accomplishment used in support of Kim Jong Un’s (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) hereditary succession is the construction of an apartment complex in Mansudae Street.  KJU’s contribution to the project has been implicitly underscored in official propaganda as part of a litany that includes land reclamation projects, CNC technology, vinalon and other economic projects.  In reports from Japanese media and discussions with individuals who’ve traveled to the DPRK and met with DPRK elites, KJU’s management of the project has been used to buttress his open-mindedness and flexible approach to problem solving (i.e. willingness to deliver bad news to the center, purchasing building materials from abroad).  GlobalVoices blogger Lee Yoo Eun links to a ROK citizens’ journalism site that features photographs of the interior of one of these apartments, from which the photos below were taken.  NK Economy Watch has written comprehensively about the Mansudae apartments here.

Stairwell and window in a building of the Mansudae Street apartment complex in central Pyongyang

A hot water heater and tub in the bathroom of a residential unit of the Mansudae Street apartment complex in central Pyongyang

A view of a sitting room in an occupied unit at Mansudae Street apartment complex in central Pyongyang

A view of a room in an occupied unit of Mansudae Street apartment complex. At the right is a calendar depicting Kim Jong Suk (Kim Cho'ng-suk), mother of Kim Jong Il and Kim Kyong Hui

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