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Party Congress Delegates Arrive in Pyongyang, as Cultural Events Mark Congress’ Opening

Delegates and observers arrive at Pyongyang Central Railway Station on May 2, 2016 and are bused to their local accommodations (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Delegates and observers arrive at Pyongyang Central Railway Station on May 2, 2016 and are bused to their local accommodations (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

The Korean People's Internal Security Forces' all-female brass band performs at Pyongyang Central Railway Station on May 2, 2016 to welcome delegates and observers arriving for the 7th Party Congress (Photo: Korean Central TV).

The Korean People’s Internal Security Forces’ all-female brass band performs at Pyongyang Central Railway Station on May 2, 2016 to welcome delegates and observers arriving for the 7th Party Congress (Photo: Korean Central TV).

A train arrives in Pyongyang Central Railway Station on May 2, 2016 (Photo: Korean Central TV).

A train arrives in Pyongyang Central Railway Station on May 2, 2016 (Photo: Korean Central TV).

DPRK state media reported that more than 3,000 delegates and observers to the 7th Party Congress arrived in Pyongyang on May 2 (Monday).

Delegates and observers arrive at Pyongyang Central Railway Station to attend the 7th Party Congress which opens on May 6 (Photo: Korean Central TV).

Delegates and observers arrive at Pyongyang Central Railway Station to attend the 7th Party Congress which opens on May 6 (Photo: Korean Central TV).

Delegates and observes arrive to attend the 7th Party Congress (Photo: Korean Central Television).

Delegates and observes arrive to attend the 7th Party Congress (Photo: Korean Central Television).

 

DPRK citizens look at a painting depicting National Aerospace Development Agency personnel celebrating a rocket launch (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK citizens look at a painting depicting National Aerospace Development Agency personnel celebrating a rocket launch (Photo: KCNA).

Painting of late DPRK leader Kim Cho'ng-il working at at his office in the WPK Central Committee #1 Office Building (Photo: KCNA).

Painting of late DPRK leader Kim Cho’ng-il working at at his office in the WPK Central Committee #1 Office Building (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK citizens look at paintings and posters that are part of an art exhibition which opened at the Korea Art Gallery in Pyongyang on May 2, 2016 as part of celebrations for the convocation of the 7th Party Congress (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK citizens look at paintings and posters that are part of an art exhibition which opened at the Korea Art Gallery in Pyongyang on May 2, 2016 as part of celebrations for the convocation of the 7th Party Congress (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Graphic poster celebrating WPK leadership in North Korea, part of an art exhibit which opened on May 2, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

Graphic poster celebrating WPK leadership in North Korea, part of an art exhibit which opened on May 2, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

Choe T'ae Bok looks at an art exhibition opened in the run-up to the 7th Party Congress on May 2, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

Choe T’ae Bok looks at an art exhibition opened in the run-up to the 7th Party Congress on May 2, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

An art exhibition celebrating the convocation of the 7th Party Congress opened at the Korean Art Gallery on May 2 (Monday).  Attending the exhibition were Choe T’ae Bok (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary and Chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly), Minister of Culture Pak Chun Nam Ministry of Culture officials, DPRK artists and Pyongyangites.  Pak Chun Nam delivered a speech opening the exhibition.  According to KCNA the exhibition includes “art pieces depicting the undying exploits performed by President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il)” and reflects “the struggle of the Korean people who have created miracles and feats for making the party congresses be recorded in the history of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] as glorious ones of victors.”  The exhibition has art “reflecting the joy of the people who greeted the leaping Mallima era, the era of prosperity under the leader of Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n)” and “show the intention of the Korean service personnel and people to walk along the road of loyalty all the time under the WPK and accomplish the final victory of the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e.”

DPRK citizens look at photos that are part of an exhibition marking the convocation of the 7th Party Congress which opened on April 28, 2016 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK citizens look at photos that are part of an exhibition marking the convocation of the 7th Party Congress which opened on April 28, 2016 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop (2nd left) and Minister of Culture Pak Chun Nam (3rd left) look at photos following the opening of an exhibition at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on April 28, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop (2nd left) and Minister of Culture Pak Chun Nam (3rd left) look at photos following the opening of an exhibition at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on April 28, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

A photo exhibition celebrating the convocation of the 7th Party Congress opened at the People’s Palace of Culture in central Pyongyang April 28 (Thursday).  The theme of the photo exhibition is “The Ever-Victorious Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] and the opening was attended by Yang Hyong Sop (Vice President of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium), Pak Chun Nam (Minister of Culture), section chiefs of the WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department [PAD], officials of the DPRK Government and national institutions and Pyongyangites.

Photograph of participants outside the venue of the 5th in 1970, from a national photo exhibit which opened in Pyongyang on April 28, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

Photograph of participants outside the venue of the 5th Party Congress in 1970, from a national photo exhibit which opened in Pyongyang on April 28, 2016 (Photo: KCNA).

According to KCNA, displayed at the exhibition are 70 photographs documenting the activities of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng), Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n), along with 150 photos “showing the revolutionary spirit of the army and people of the DPRK all in the charge to bring about world-startling miracles and feats in the annals of revolution and bring earlier the final victory of the cause of the Chuch’e revolution under the wise guidance of the peerlessly great persons of Mt. Paetu.”  Pak Chun Nam delivered an opening speech after which attendees looked at the exhibition.

 

 

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