Dec 20 2011

POTD: Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung

by in Asia, North Korea, Photo of the Day

This portrait of “Great Leader” Kim Il-sung and “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il was hanging in a Pyongyang souvenir shop when I visited North Korea in September 2009. The pervasive cult of personality that surrounded the Kims ensured that every building you set foot in prominently displayed portraits of the two leaders. Now that Kim Jong-il is dead, it will be interesting to see if 28 year old Kim Jong Un, Kim’s youngest son, is able to consolidate power and take the helm of the state. I do not have much faith that he will be any less cruel or dictatorial than his father and grandfather, but regardless I wish the North Korean people the best of luck.

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2 Responses to POTD: Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung

  1. From Shane:

    North Korea is fascinating to me (not in a good way :P). How did you get in? Also, I believe Kim Jong Un will be @ best similar to his father and @ worse… well lets hope not 🙁

    Posted on January 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    Hi Shane, here is a detailed post I wrote on how to get into the DPRK:

    Posted on January 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm #
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