Cherished with Love for Younger Generations
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