Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 24 July (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the amusement park and dolphinarium on Rungna Island in Pyongyang. KJU’s last reported public appearance was a tour of a kindergarten in central Pyongyang. It was his first public appearance since his elevation to Marshal and the dismissal of VMar Ri Yong Ho.
KJU conducted the inspection of Rungna’s recreation facilities “just before the start of operation” and was accompanied by Jang Song Taek (Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission and Director of the Party Administration Department), Choe Tae Bok (KWP Secretary and Political Bureau Member), Pak To Chun (KWP Secretary and Member of the National Defense Commission), Kim Yong Il (KWP Secretary and Director of the International Department), Kim Yang Gon (KWP Secretary and Director of the United Front Department), Kim P’yo’ng-hae (KWP Secretary and Director of the Cadres’ Department), Mun Kyong Dok (Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang KWP Committee and Alternate Member of the Political Bureau), Ri Jae Il (Senior Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department), Kim Pyong Ho (Director of Korean Central News Agency) and Pak Chun Hong (KWP Deputy Director). Also in attendance with KJU was his wife who was later identified in state media as Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu).
During the first part of his inspection, KJU visited a mini-golf course where “he stressed the need to plant a lot of trees there for shades for those enjoying golf in the summer.” He then moved on to the Rungna Wading Pool and areas for basketball, volleyball and beach (“sandy”) volleyball which were “built on the roof of the bathing booth and shower room.” According to KCNA, KJU “said with great satisfaction that the builders used spaces in a reasonable way and that the surroundings of the wading pool underwent a cataclysmic change.” He also inspected the Rungna Dolphinarium and its exhibition on marine life. Interestingly, when his mother Ko Yong Hui (Ko Yo’ng-hu’i) took KJU to Japan in the early 1990s, they visited several aquariums. At Rungna Island, KJU, his wife and their entourage “enjoyed such feats of dolphins dancing in rotation, moving backward, jumping out and touching ball in the air.” At the end of his inspection, according to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said it “is one of the projects leader Kim Jong Il was specially interested in. Had Kim Jong Il seen the completed project, he would have been greatly pleased.”
His first leg was a mini golf course.
He said the mini golf course was built to match well with the landscape of Rungna Islet.
He stressed the need to plant a lot of trees there for shades for those enjoying golf in summer.
Then he went to the Rungna Wading Pool.
He expressed satisfaction over the whole atmosphere of the wading pool created in clean and refreshing condition with all kinds of facilities and surroundings being white, blue and green.
Going around basketball, volleyball and sandy volleyball courts built on the roof of the bathing booth and shower room, he said with great satisfaction that the builders used spaces in a reasonable way and that the surroundings of the wading pool underwent a cataclysmic change.
He underscored the need to equip the wading pool with a first-aid room, watching stand and other things necessary for rescue.
The Rungna Wading Pool, built in an exemplary way, goes well with the name of people’s pleasure ground, he said, calling for building such wading pools in local cities.
He repeatedly appreciated servicepersons for building a perfect wading pool.
Next he went to the Rungna Dolphinarium.
He dropped in at the soft-drink stand and souvenir stand to learn about the service program there.
Going around the room for scientific and technological knowledge, he called for providing the room with more things needed to give wide knowledge of the sea.
He then enjoyed such feats of dolphins as dancing in rotation, moving backward, jumping out and touching ball in the air.
He said that the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground is one of the projects leader Kim Jong Il was specially interested in.
Had Kim Jong Il seen the completed project, he would have been greatly pleased, Kim Jong Un said.
Now edifices like the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground are appearing one after another in Pyongyang, he said, underscoring the need to build more edifices suitable for the sentiment and aesthetic desire of our people with the pleasure ground as an example.
He was accompanied with Jang Song Thaek, Choe Thae Bok, Pak To Chun, Kim Yong Il, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Phyong Hae, Mun Kyong Dok, Ri Jae Il, Kim Pyong Ho and Pak Chun Hong.
The Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground has been built in Pyongyang as another grand edifice.
It is one of the projects leader Kim Jong Il was specially interested in. It is a product of loving care for people of Marshal Kim Jong Un as well as a socialist wealth to hand down for all ages.
It consists of Dolphinarium, Wading Pool, Fun Fair and mini golf course on Rungna Islet in the picturesque Taedong River.
An opening ceremony took place with splendor on Wednesday.
Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju were present at the ceremony.
All the participants enthusiastically welcomed them, loudly shouting “Hurrah!”
A soldier builder and woman worker presented him bunches of flowers.
Present at the ceremony were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Jong Gak, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop, Kang Sok Ju, Kim Won Hong, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il, Kim Phyong Hae, Mun Kyong Dok, Kwak Pom Gi, Ro Tu Chol, Ri Pyong Sam and officials of party, armed forces and power bodies, working people’s organizations, ministries and national institutions, soldier builders, working people and school youth and children in the city.
Present there on invitation were diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations and charge d’affaires ad interims of foreign missions here and their wives.
Kim Yong Nam and Choe Yong Rim cut the tape, declaring the pleasure ground open.
Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju toured the pleasure ground together with senior party, state and army officials, diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations and charge d’affaires ad interims of foreign missions here and their wives.
In the Rungna Dolphinarium, he toured the hall for viewing dolphins, the performance tub, the room for scientific and technological knowledge, etc. He underscored the need to serve the visitors’ convenience on the highest level for their enjoyment.
He and his wife, together with diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations and charge d’affaires ad interims of foreign missions here and their wives, saw dolphins playing stunts to the tune of joyful music. He, with a bright smile on his face, pictured the optimistic and emotional life the people, school youth and children will enjoy.
He and his wife shook hands with the diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations and charge d’ affaires ad interims of foreign missions here and their wives one by one as they extended warm congratulations and best wishes, and talked with them in an amicable and friendly atmosphere.
After going round the mini golf course, he went to the Rungna Wading Pool. He said with great satisfaction that the wading pool was built as a wonderful cultural rest place of the people as all its facilities including tub for wading, bathing booth and shower room have been built in a fresh and multi-functional way in good harmony with the surrounding environment.
Seeing university students riding a very high water slide and enjoying matches at beach volleyball, basketball and volleyball courts, he called for providing the people with many entertainment conditions on the highest level that can be proud of in the world.
He went to the Rungna Fun Fair and was very pleased to hear happy laughing of people riding amusement apparatuses.
It is the intention of the Workers’ Party of Korea to make the Korean people, the best one in the world, live in luxury and comfort under socialism to their heart’s content as they have remained loyal to the party, overcoming all difficulties, he said, underlining the need to manage and operate the pleasure ground in good way.