March 21, 2023

Ma Won Chun reappears after 11-month absence, purge rumor

North Korean senior architect likely sent away for punishment, rehabilitation before return

North Korean official Ma Won Chun made his first public appearance in more than 11 months, a report by the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency revealed Thursday.

Ma accompanied North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on a visit to the newly (re)built village of Paekhak-dong, Sonbong District, Rason City, according to the KCNA. His last public appearance was on November 1, 2014, when he accompanied Kim Jong Un on field guidance to the construction site of Terminal No. 2 at the Pyongyang International Airport.