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Kaesong Propaganda Billboard – Then and now


Earlier than & After: Kaesong Avenue Propaganda

Nearly all guests to the DPRK make the journey from Pyongyang to the historic metropolis of Kaesong, a 160km drive down the reunification freeway, taking within the Freeway Relaxation Cease featured earlier on this weblog collection.

The focus of this journey is normally the DMZ (additionally beforehand featured) the place most vacationers pay a go to, after which return to the capital. However the metropolis of Kaesong itself is a vacation spot for a lot of discerning travellers and has many distinctive sights of its personal.

Kaesong

Kaesong is dwelling to nearly all of North Korea’s UNESCO World Heritage Websites, primarily on account of being the traditional capital of Korea, and being roughly the one place not utterly annihilated throughout the Korean Conflict. There are royal tombs, assassination websites, remnants of palaces and locations of examine, and a stunning outdated metropolis gate within the coronary heart of what stays of the outdated city.

Additionally on this outdated city is among the two resorts in Kaesong that may accommodate international friends; the Minsok Lodge (People Lodge) – made up of a collection of outdated Nineteenth-century homes alongside a pleasing small stream and on one of many major streets of the centre of the town.

Kaesong

After an evening on the Minsok Lodge, sleeping on the ground in fact, as custom calls for, friends ready to depart typically collect on the major entrance to look at native commuters passing by, principally travelling on foot or by bicycle, and to snap pictures of the massive public propaganda billboard straight reverse the doorway of the lodge itself.

Through the years this billboard has been repainted, redesigned, and carried varied messages. Listed here are a variety from the final fifteen years, and if anybody needs to see this for themselves then be sure you e book a visit with Koryo Excursions and embrace a keep within the metropolis of Kaesong whereas experiencing North Korea.

 

Kaesong

That is Kim Il Sung, founder and President of the DPRK. The slogan reads: 경애하는 어버이 김일성동지는 인민의 심장속에 영원할것이다.

Our beloved father, Comrade Kim Il Sung, will reside eternally within the hearts of the individuals!

 

Kaesong

Right here we see Korean peoplel representing the assorted components of society (a employee, a soldier, a lady, and an mental – clearly there can be crossovers in these fields too!) uniting beneath the brand of the Korean Folks’s Military, consistent with the ‘Military First’ coverage of that point. The slogan reads 위대한 장군님만 계시면 우리는 이긴다

With the Common, we’ll win!
(the Common being referred to right here is Kim Jong Il)

 

Kaesong

Right here we will see representatives of the primary Korean Folks’s Military forces – military, navy, and air pressure, swearing loyalty to the Employees Occasion of Korea (the brand of the writing brush, hammer, and sickle represents the Occasion). It is a departure from the earlier Military First coverage because it reveals that the armed forces function beneath the management of the Occasion. The slogan reads: 위대한 김정은동지를 수반으로 하는 당중앙위원회를 목숨으로 사수하자! Let’s defend the social gathering’s Central Committee, led by the good Comrade Kim Jong Un, with our lives!

 

 

A quick historical past of Kaesong will be discovered right here

Bonus Kaesong truth: Kaesong is taken into account the house of ginseng; the primary place that this magical panacea was cultivated (there’s additionally wild ginseng in fact) – some extra information on this root will be discovered on this weblog entry

Kaesong



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