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Propaganda poster showing kids going to Mangyongdae Kim Il Sung Native house - North Korea | by Eric Lafforgue
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Propaganda poster showing kids going to Mangyongdae Kim Il Sung Native house - North Korea

Propaganda poster that i saw in a Chongjin kindergarden, showing kids going to Kim Il Sung Native house. From their little age the north korean kids learn about the glorious life of the Dear leaders as they call them. They dream to visit the native house (a fake one in fact) in Pyongyang. I met some north koreans who visited the house 7 times!

The best is to cut and paste what says the official website:

"Mangyongdae is situated a little over 10 km southwest of downtown Pyongyang. It was so named because its verdant Mangyong Hill (45 m above sea level) overhanging the famous Taedong River affords a breathtaking panorama of 10 000 views.This traditional scenic wonder leapt to potentially foremost significance in the national consciousness on April 15, 1912 when President Kim Il Sung was born at a plain thatched-roof cottage here, against a backdrop of Korea's national disaster in the colonial thrall of Japan.e came of a generations-old patriotic and revolutionary family and spent his childhood under the revolutionary influence of his parents, witnessing the society riddled with contradictions. He nurtured his ambition to liberate the country and establish a society geared to the well-being of the people.

He left his old home at 13 and waged a heroic anti-Japanese war that culminated in national liberation and a people-oriented country. He rendered feats unparalleled in history, as the leader of the Korean people and a veteran statesman of the world.

Preserved at Mangyongdae are many relics and mementoes associated with his childhood. The old home, still a reminder of generations-old poverty, contains his inkstone and desk, as well as his family's household goods that strike the visitors with their diligence, simplicity and warm-heartedness.

The endless streams of visitors worship the place as a sanctuary of the Sun."


Well, in fact it seems Kim Il Sung was born in a place hundreds of kilometers from there, as the real history of Kim's family is somewhat obscure.


© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on May 10, 2010