Anecdotes

Manbok Flower Tells

The Pyongyang Floriculture Institute is a flower research and production base in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Different kinds of fragrant flowers under cultivation at the institute give beauty and rich emotion to the Korean people.

Among them is “Manbok flower”.

Here is a story telling how it was called so.

One day in March Juche 101 (2012), officials of the institute asked Kim Jong Un to name a newly-bred cymbidium.

Seeing the flower, Kim Jong Un said it is really beautiful and named it “Manbok”(All Blessings) in the meaning that he wishes the people to lead a happy life, enjoying all blessings.

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In September Juche 101 (2012), he called at the Pyongyang Floriculture Institute whose capacity had been expanded.

Expressing his satisfaction over the expanded capacity of flower production, he looked round several greenhouses before entering a greenhouse where cymbidium was under cultivation.

He asked an official how the flower was being bred and holding a flowerpot in his hand, said the flower is in bloom for more than three months and stressed the need to breed a large amount of flowers blooming as long as cymbidium.

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Ri Chol Jun, Vice-Director of the Pyongyang Floriculture Institute, says: “The respected supreme leader Kim Jong Un said flower is a symbol of beauty and culture, and continued: It is necessary to cultivate a lot of beautiful flowers and send them to the flower shops. People may buy those flowers at the flower shops and give them to the patients in hospital or mothers on the Mother’s Day. Then, the latter will be happy.”

The Manbok flower named by Kim Jong Un is in full bloom throughout the country.

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