Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 9 October (Tuesday) that ceremonies marking the completion of renovations at the Mangyo’ngdae and Taeso’ngsan Fun Fairs were held. Attending the ceremonies were Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department (bureau) Director VMar Choe Ryong Hae, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces VMar Kim Jong Gak and Korean Workers’ Party Secretary of Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki Nam, along with “other senior officials, officials of the armed forces organs, ministries and national institutions, solider-builders, employees of the institutions for funfair facilities management and Pyongyang citizens.” The renovation events at the amusement park were held ahead of official celebrations of the 67th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party (10 October).
VMar Choe Ryong Hae delivered the keynote address at the re-opening of the Mangyo’ngdae Fun Fair. According to KCNA, VMar Choe said “the Mangyo’ngdae Funfair was wonderfully rebuilt thanks to the energetic leadership of Kim Jong Un, who is possessed of noble outlook on the country, people and rising generations, and thanks to the spirit of thoroughly carrying out his instructions, patriotism and loyalty of the revolutionary army that heartily responds to the party’s calls.” Choe also “called on officials and employees of the Mangyongdae Funfair Management Institution to bring about a turn in operating the funfair and make good inspection and management of its facilities so as to contribute to providing the people with pleasant time.”
VMar Kim Jong Gak delivered the keynote address at the re-opening of Taeso’ngsan Fun Fair. According to KCNA, VMar Kim said “the Taesongsan Funfair changed its contents and style in line with the growing requirements of the people for better cultural and emotional life while preserving its peculiar characters, adding it is another edifice that embodies the WPK’s deep love of the people.” Kim also noted that “renovation of the funfair showed the true picture of Korean-style socialism that advances towards the world to realize the people’s ideals, and will enable the people to lead a more rich cultural and emotional life.”