Cher­ished with Love for Younger Gen­er­a­tions

Korea (English) - - CONTENTS - Ar­ti­cle: Kang Su Jong

In Kwang­bok Street in Py­ongyang, the cap­i­tal of the DPRK, mag­nif­i­cently stands the Mangy­ong­dae School­child­ren’s Palace, a com­pre­hen­sive ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion for school­child­ren. There they are bring­ing their hopes and dreams into re­al­iza­tion.

Cov­er­ing a to­tal area of 300 000 m2, the palace with a floor space of over 100 000 m2 was in­au­gu­rated in May Juche 78 (1989). The build­ing de­picts the embrace of the moth­erly Work­ers’ Party of Korea which takes care of all school­child­ren of the coun­try.

The palace, fully fur­nished with a lot of ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties, ap­pa­ra­tuses for ex­per­i­ment and prac­ti­cal train­ing and var­i­ous mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, has rooms for sci­ence and art groups. It has also a 2 000-seater the­atre for the school­child­ren’s New Year and other artis­tic per­for­mances, a gym­na­sium and swimming pools for sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing the past 25 years since its in­au­gu­ra­tion, a large num­ber of school­child­ren cul­ti­vated their ap­ti­tudes and dreams at the palace to be­come sci­en­tists, artistes and ath­letes who have brought glory to the coun­try.

Its proud his­tory is as­so­ci­ated with the en­nobling love of Gen­er­alis­si­mos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

In Juche 73 (1984) Gen­er­alis­simo Kim Il Sung, while propos­ing build­ing a new, mod­ern street (the present Kwang­bok Street) in Mangy­ong­dae Dis­trict, Py­ongyang, in­structed that a new palace for school­child­ren should be built there as it had been a long time since the Py­ongyang Stu­dents and Chil­dren’s

Palace was built.

Up­hold­ing his noble in­ten­tion, Gen­er­alis­simo Kim Jong Il gave de­tailed guid­ance to the draw­ing up of the de­sign so that it would be fresh and mod­ern and fully rep­re­sent the benev­o­lent af­fec­tion of Kim Il Sung who loved chil­dren as the king of the coun­try, and led en­er­get­i­cally the whole process of the con­struc­tion project.

He saw that the to­tal area of the palace to be built was ex­panded and put for­ward a new plan of set­ting up danc­ing foun­tains in a park in front of the build­ing. He per­son­ally went over the de­signs of group sculp­tures and took mea­sures to build the Mangy­ong­dae School­child­ren’s Palace as be­fits a palace of the king. He also sent lots of ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties, stuffed spec­i­men and mod­ern mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and gym­nas­tic ap­pa­ra­tuses.

En­nobling af­fec­tion for the ris­ing gen­er­a­tion shown by the Gen­er­alis­si­mos is be­ing car­ried for­ward and get­ting warmer un­der the care of Mar­shal Kim Jong Un.

He vis­ited the palace in May and fa­mil­iar­ized him­self with its ac­tiv­i­ties, say­ing that love for the pos­ter­ity and the fu­ture cher­ished by the Gen­er­alis­si­mos should be handed down gen­er­a­tion after gen­er­a­tion. While see­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the group mem­bers, such as danc­ing, play­ing kayagum and ac­cor­dion, and fe­male en­sem­ble, he wished them happy fu­ture. He also said that the ex­te­rior of the palace, which de­picts the embrace of our Party, home to our chil­dren, should be ren­o­vated with gran­ite and high-qual­ity build­ing ma­te­ri­als and all the other fa­cil­i­ties be re­placed with the ones of best qual­ity.

He added that pho­tos of the Gen­er­alis­si­mos among the chil­dren should be hung in a cour­te­ous man­ner on the walls of the halls and cor­ri­dors so that the group mem­bers and teach­ers would al­ways look up to their images.

In­deed, Kim Jong Un is car­ry­ing for­ward the noble love en­dowed by the Gen­er­alis­si­mos who re­garded the chil­dren as the king of the coun­try and valu­able trea­sure and pro­vided them with the best in the world. Un­der his benev­o­lent embrace all school­child­ren of the DPRK have bright and rosy fu­ture.

Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il look round the Mangy­ong­dae School­child­ren’s Palace in May Juche 78 (1989)

Kim Jong Un looks round the Mangy­ong­dae School­child­ren’s Palace in May Juche 103 (2014)

Chil­dren are bring­ing their tal­ents into full play at the palace

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