Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 24 February (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the renovation of the Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wo’nsan, Kangwo’n Province. Attending the visit were Han Kwang Sang (Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Finance and Accounting Department), Hwang Pyong So (Deputy [vice] Director of the KWP Organization Guidance Department), Ma Won Chun (Deputy [vice] Director of the KWP Finance and Accounting Department) and Jon Yong Nam (Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League Central Committee). Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the construction of the 8 January Fishery Station of the Korean People’s Army [KPA].
Kim Jong Un toured various sites, both renovations and new construction, at the camp including dorms, a children’s hall, gymnasium, swimming pool, aquarium and aviary. During his tour he was briefed about the progress of construction work at the camp. According to KCNA he said that “the campers building and restaurant are being successfully built as required by the design ratified by the Party” and “instructed officials to build them at the best level so that camping children may not feel any inconveniences.” He noted that “the International Friendship Children’s Hall was designed particularly well” and “told officials that he would send latest equipment for watching films and sound facilities so that campers may fully enjoy films and varieties of video CDs.” Kim Jong Un looked around a playground and said that “if a track-and-field course is made and the football field is covered with artificial turf, children would like them very much.”
He also noted that “a new modern gymnasium and indoor swimming pool are now under construction as parts of the remodeling project” and he “added that the campers would use them for training their physical bodies.” He said an aquarium and aviary were being constructed and that “there is nothing to spare for the children, the precious treasures of the country.” Kim Jong Un “noted that the remodeling project of the camp is an important construction project this year. As I always stress, it is necessary to guarantee the quality of everything we are building for all eternity and only when we construct all things qualitatively, though they require a lot of efforts, is it possible to hand them to posterity with pride.” He also said that “it is an important work for realizing the desires of great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) who loved the children all their lives to remodel the camp as required by the So’ngun (Military-First) era” and expressed “expectation and faith that the soldier-builders would wind up the remodeling project as scheduled, as intended by the Party.”