Architecture

A Future Designed during the War

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War destroys everything. In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, however, a future of the capital city Pyongyang was designed during the hard-fought Fatherland Liberation War.

The great leader Kim Il Sung called designers on January 21, Juche 40 (1951) during the war.

Lecturer Kim In Dok at the Jonsung Revolutionary Museum says:

“Pushing aside an operation map on the table, the great leader Kim Il Sung said: Today I am going to discuss with you about the preparations for rebuilding the destroyed towns after the war.

The moment, the designers were surprised, because the war was at its height and they had no time to think of postwar reconstruction.

Looking around at them, Kim Il Sung said: From now you should make good preparations for postwar reconstruction and then, we can start the reconstruction immediately after the war. If we make a blueprint for postwar reconstruction in the flames of the fierce war, it will inspire our people and soldiers of the People’s Army with confidence in victory and courage but constitute a horrible bomb striking the enemy with terror.

In May Juche 41 (1952), an exhibition of designs for future reconstruction of the capital city was grandly held at the then Moranbong Underground Theatre.

Displayed there were fine miniatures showing the full view of Pyongyang City to be rebuilt magnificently, the promenades along the River Taedong to be built more beautifully, the formation of the centre of the city and the layout of roads, and designs of cosy dwelling houses and modern public buildings.

After looking round the exhibition, foreigners said with great excitement:

“Pyongyang is alive. …It is getting stronger day by day to win a decisive victory.”

“Like the legendary phoenix, Pyongyang will revive from ruins and become more beautiful. It will revive more wonderfully, shining brighter than before.”

67 years has passed since the cease of the war.

The imperialist aggressors clamoured that Korea would not rise up again even in 100 years’ time.

But the Korean people finished the postwar rehabilitation and construction in three years. The capital city Pyongyang rose from the ashes in three years.

Today, the capital city Pyongyang gets more beautiful.

Categories: Architecture, History, Narrated

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