Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 25 May (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited three ongoing construction projects and an amusement park in Pyongyang. Kim Jong Un’s last reported public appearance was his inspection of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #1501. At all of his visits, KJU was accompanied by Jang Song Taek.
KCNA reports on his visit to the Ryugyong Health Complex and the People’s Outdoor Ice Rink:
After being briefed on the health complex before a large map showing its panoramic view, he went round it.
Making the rounds of the exterior and interior of the complex, he learned in detail about its construction.
Entering a pine tree sauna emitting strong smell of resin, he was pleased with the successful construction of its floor and walls.
Rest halls of bathhouses look spacious and nice, he said, adding visitors will like if TV sets are available there so that they may enjoy an emotional life, having good rest there.
Going up to the last fourth story, he stressed the need to use space effectively and efficiently.
The complex is an object to which leader Kim Jong Il paid special attention, he said, adding that if it is completed, this will amount to implementing another behest of Kim Jong Il.
Noting that the complex is not only fresh and peculiar in its architectural style and contents but also on a high level from designing to building, he underlined the need for soldier-builders to finish its project till the war victory day and provide it to the people.
The next leg of his field guidance was the People’s Outdoor Ice Rink.
Noting that sporting and service facilities such as the ice rink could be built thanks to the heroic struggle of soldier-builders, he highly praised their merits.
There should be good places for providing skates and sharpening skate edges as it is a mass skating ground, he said.
He called for successfully completing the ice rink as a sports center for the country’s ice sports development and physical training of working people, youth and students.
It is also a gift the WPK will present to the people, he noted, adding it should be finished till the war victory day along with the above-said health complex.
He was accompanied by Jang Song Thaek, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, and Ryang Chong Song and Ma Won Chun, vice department directors of the WPK Central Committee.
KJU was also reported to have visited the construction of apartment buildings, restaurants and other facilities near Mansudae Assembly Hall in central Pyongyang:
There are in Changjon Street 5 to 45-storeyed apartment houses for thousands of families, each of which having several living rooms and tens of buildings for nurseries and kindergartens, secondary school, pharmacies, educational and healthcare institutions, commercial and catering networks and various welfare and service facilities standing in good harmony.
After being briefed on the street in front of a huge map showing the panoramic view of the Mansudae Area, Kim Jong Un went round various restaurants, shops and stalls and parking lot in the basement, etc. to acquaint himself in detail with the construction of the street.
He looked round various parts of Haemaji Restaurant built in a peculiar style and was satisfied with it.
He made the rounds of various other restaurants including the combined restaurant of the Jung District and Unjong Teahouse built in diverse styles to learn in detail about their size, furnishings, decorations, ventilation, etc.
He personally sat on a chair of the restaurant and underscored the need to thoroughly abide by the principle of guaranteeing convenience first and architectural beauty next when designing and manufacturing any furniture so that it may be convenient for use and look nice.
Learning in detail about the quality and colors of the paving blocks on the passages linking the ground and the underground and the greenery outside, he indicated detailed orientation and ways to build the street into a more magnificent and fashionable one.
He also viewed the signboard designs of various catering networks in the street and indicated ways of rounding them off better.
He enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of the street and said the scenery of the street is really fantastic and its appearance has changed beyond recognition.
He said with pride that the successful construction of the modern street by the efforts of Koreans as required by the new century is a demonstration of the validity of the WPK’s idea of architectural aesthetics and the potential of the Juche-based self-supporting economy.
Changjon Street is excellent in designing and high in the level of construction, he appreciated again, stressing the need to enable residents to move to new houses in mid-June.
He indicated important tasks to serve as guidelines for building Pyongyang into a more magnificent city as required by the Songun era.
Pyongyang should be built into a city for people where the revolutionary outlook on the leader is thoroughly embodied both in name and reality, he said, and went on:
As required by the developing reality it is necessary to lay out streets, build roads, distribute various buildings and ensure their styles, interior decorations, etc. in a peculiar manner under a long-term plan.
It is also necessary to distribute well educational, healthcare, sports, cultural and welfare facilities and welfare service bases on the principle of ensuring popular character, national identity and modernity.
The field of construction should steadily and thoroughly implement the WPK’s policy of applying formative art in architecture and pay deep attention to creating cultural environment including the greening of the city, in particular.
He was accompanied by Jang Song Thaek, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK, and Ryang Chong Song, Pak Chun Hong and Ma Won Chun, vice department directors of the C.C., WPK.
Kim Jong Un also visited the Kaeso’n Fun Fair. The amusement park was one of the locales Kim Jong Il visited during the week that he died.
Learning in detail about the operation of the amusement equipment personally watched by leader Kim Jong Il, he noted with appreciation that the funfair is kept neat and tidy and managed regularly.
Before the merry-go-round swing, he said it is most popular, adding when he accompanied Kim Jong Il visiting the funfair last year, he had a chance to ride it.
At the electronic amusement hall he kindly asked which apparatus do visitors like more, underlining the need to set up a merry-go-round swing and electronic amusement hall at the Rungna People’s Recreation Ground now under construction.
Standing before a kiosk where wheat cake stuffed with roast chicken is served, he learned about the quality of mineral water bottle inside it.
Visiting the Kaeson Bread Restaurant in the compound of the funfair, he said he was also told that visitors liked food there and it is serving good food.
He recollected with deep emotion that Kim Jong Il promised to visit it without fail in his lifetime but he could not keep his promise.
He was greatly satisfied with the fact that the workers of the funfair are operating amusement facilities regularly and successfully operating several catering networks.
He set forth the tasks to be fulfilled to manage and operate the funfair.
He underlined the need to improve the management of equipment and technical control of them and operate the funfair in such a way as not to give even the slightest inconvenience to the visitors.
He underscored the need to provide a sufficient quantity of foodstuff to the catering networks in the compound of the funfair so that they may operate more effectively.
He stressed the need to pay deep attention to dresses of operators and service persons of the funfair and make service garments fit for seasons so that they may match the scenic beauty of the funfair.
He asked them to manage and operate the funfair well so as to bring into bloom Kim Jong Il’s love for the people for all ages and always please them.
He had a photo session with the workers of the funfair and the relevant field, expressing expectation and conviction that they would fulfill their honorable mission and duty as the true servants of the people.
He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, Jang Song Thaek, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, and Hwang Pyong So and Pak Chun Hong, vice department directors of the WPK Central Committee.