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New Building Opened at Koryo Sungkyunkwan Academy

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim (2nd L) tours a classroom in a recently constructed building on the campus of Koryo Sungkyunkwan Academy in Kaeso’ng. (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 19 September (Wednesday) that a dedication ceremony formally opened a new building on the campus of the Koryo Sungkyunkwan Academy in Kaeso’ng, North Hwanghae Province.  The school is located on the site of a Confucian institution originally founded in 992 AD as Kukchagam.**  The Koryo Sungkyunkwan Academy was founded in 1992 as a light industry school and expanded to focus on science and technology.  KCNA reported that the new building “has modern comprehensive lecture room, classrooms, experimental rooms, chair rooms, welfare facilities, etc. that are necessary for teaching, scientific research and study.”  The opening ceremony was held on 19 September and attended by DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary Choe Tae Bok, Kim Sung Du, chairman of the DPRK Education Commission, Pak Tae Dok, Chief Secretary of the North Hwanghae Provincial KWP Committee, Kang Yong Su, Chairman of the North Hwanghae Provincial People’s Committee.  Kim Yong Il, Chief KWP Secretary of Kaeso’ng KWP Committee, delivered the ceremony’s keynote address, which tied the new building to three generations of Kim Family leadership.  According to KCNA, Kim also “called upon all the teachers and students to steadily improve the educational content and ways and establish the study morale so as to become able teachers and talents who can contribute to the development of light industry and improvement of the people’s standard of living.”

A newly added building to the campus of Koryo Sungkyunkwan Academy in Kaeso’ng, North Hwanghae Province (Photo: KCNA)

An assembly hall in a building constructed on the campus of Koryo Sungkyunkwan Academy (Photo: KCNA

**The original school was later renamed Sungkyunkwan and relocated twice before ending up in present-day Seoul.  It currently operates as Sungkyunkwan University which had a sister campus relationship with the school in the DPRK.

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