Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansudae Hill

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Looking at the picture above, it can be easy to understand how are considered north korean leaders, and especially the one who established the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Il Sung (statue on the left), in this country. It used to say in occidental countries that north korean are forced to respect their leaders, but this is not really accurate.

Their pictures are everywhere. In subways, in living rooms, in train stations, in hotels, in bills, in most of the books, and actually in almost every building. North koreans are taught since their childhood the glorious story of Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il. Medias are of course over controlled and religions, even if tolerated by the regime, are almost absent. Folding newspapers with the picture of the leader has even been recently forbidden (and of course, do not try to throw away or destroy a document with the picture of Kim Il Sung or Kim Jong Il ont it).

Every good new and improvement is directly or undirectly linked to the leaders, who are always presented as fathers to all north koreans. Of course, an heavy repression will punish anyone daring saying offensive things on the leaders.

Therefore, it’s mainly by their own decision that north korean families, from young children to grand fathers, are going to the Mansudae Hill in PyongYang to bow in a deep respect in front of the two statues of the great leader Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il. They are not properly considered as gods, but truely as the ones who will lead the country to a prosperous future and protect them from an aggressiv world.

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