General Kim Jong Il

Leader General Kim Jong Il succeeded President Kim Il Sung as leader of the DPRK (North Korea). The leaders of the DPRK are highly respected figures in Korea. Portraits, paintings and photos of the leaders  Eternal President of DPRK  Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are almost omnipresent around the DPRK.

Their works have been published in several languages and achievements as well as recognition are constantly mentioned in the DPRK media. Korean people highly respect their leaders and visitors should understand that the people of Korea should not, under any circumstance, be offended.

On your visit to DPRK you will notice that all adults have a pin with the images of the leaders. This lapel represents the fact the leaders are in the heart of the people of Korea.

Below is a brief summary of General Kim Jong Il's life. Please click on the sections you are interested in for more information. Once in DPRK you will be able to hear more detailed information of the leaders of the DPRK.

Kim Jong Il childhood - kindergarten class in North Korea

Early Life (1942 -1960) - summary from birth to university life.
Image of a young Kim Jong Il and younger President Kim Il Sung at Mt. Paekdu, North Korea

Higher Education (1960 - 1964) - later to be known as "The Dear Leader", he attended the most prestigious university in the DPRK, named after his father, Kim Il Sung University.

Leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung at the art gallery in Pyongyang

Involvement in politics (1964-1979) - this section describes his rise in the political ranks of the DPRK and the different roles each different stage involved.
Leader Kim Jong Il at the West Sea Barrage in Nampo, DPRK

1980 - 1994 - from his establishment in the core of North Korean politics to his nomination as the Leader of the DPRK in 1994.

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