June 03, 2023

Kim Jong Un accelerates cult of personality with new mural of himself

New mosaic shows Kim clad in leather and squatting near plants and replaces depictions of past leaders

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have recently approved the installation of just the second known large artistic mural of himself in the country, according to state media, replacing a previous mural that showed the country's former leaders and accelerating his own cult of personality.

The new mural depicts Kim surrounded by plants in a greenhouse and appeared for the first time Wednesday during the Korean Central Television (KCTV) evening news. It was installed at the Jungphyong Vegetable Greenhouse Farm on the northeast coast, where workers were shown bowing to Kim Jong Un's image.