March 01, 2024

North Korea’s “do it yourself” Kim Jong Un idolization campaign

How North Korean propagandists were able to quickly unleash a Kim Jong Un veneration campaign

Following the death of Kim Jong Il, efforts to venerate the former leader have been well publicized. New badges jointly depicting the deceased leader and his father, Kim Il Sung, have been issued. New statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are being erected in provincial capitals as well as prominent locations in Pyongyang. Paintings of Kim Jong Il have been placed next to new paintings Kim Il Sung in public areas such as Kim Il Sung Square, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, and the Rodong Sinmun headquarters.

New monuments of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il have been built next to each other in public squares and factories across the country. Finally, Immortality towers, which used to read “The great Comrade Kim Il Sung will always be with us” are being modified to read, “The great Comrade Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il will always be with us”.

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