Leader Chairman 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 Chairman 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.
Early Life (1942 -1960) - summary from birth to university life.
|Higher Education (1960 - 1964) - Chairman Kim Jong Il attended the most prestigious university in the DPRK, Kim Il Sung University.|
Involvement in politics (1964-1979) - this section describes Leader Kim Jong Il's rise in the political ranks of the DPRK and the different roles each different stage involved.
|1980 onwards - here we see Leader Kim Jong Il's establishment in the core of DPRK politics to his nomination as the Supreme Leader of the DPRK.|