In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea there are many monumental creations named after “youth” such as the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station, the Hungju Youth Power Station, the Sunchon Area Youth Coal-Mining Complex, the Youth Hero Motorway, the Samjiyon Youth Railway Station, the Songnam Youth Coal Mine and the Yomju Youth Fish Farm.
Those monumental creations are associated with the heroic feats of the Korean young people.
The great leader Kim Jong Il placed faith in the young people who like to struggle and make revolution and entrusted them with the construction of monumental creations. And he ensured that the monumental creations associated with their heroic feats were named after “youth”.
In Juche 87 (1998) when the country was undergoing hardships and trials unprecedented in history, Kim Jong Il gave the young people the task to build a motorway between Pyongyang and Nampho.
The young builders built the roadbed inch by inch under the unfavourable condition that they lacked machines, fuel and food.
Kim Jong Il preferentially solved all problems, big and small, necessary for the life of the young builders as well as the materials and equipment for construction. When the young builders greeted the first New Year’s Day at the construction site of the motorway, he sent various kinds of foods and cultural and amusement facilities to them.
In October Juche 88 (1999) when the construction was at its height, he met officials and told them that the young people are building such a monumental creation as the Pyongyang-Nampho Motorway by carrying earth and stones on their backs even under the difficult conditions that everything was insufficient and difficult. And he warmly said: Some officials suggest building my bronze statue, but I intend to build a good monument to the youth. All our people will support it as well.
Thanks to his trust and affection, the young people waged a decisive struggle for nearly 700 days and thus wonderfully built the Pyongyang-Nampho Motorway into a grand monumental creation in the era of the Workers’ Party.
Later, it was renamed the Youth Hero Motorway.
On November 13, Juche 89 (2000), Kim Jong Il came out to the spot and looking at the youth hero motorway which stretched far for a long while, said it is a great pride of the Workers’ Party of Korea and people to have such good young people and had a photo session with the young builders.
Kim Myong Hwan, Head of a Department of the High-Speed Youth Shock Brigade Management Bureau, says:
“When our young people did something, the great Kim Jong Il was pleased most, had a photograph taken with them and praised them as the youth heroes so that they could be known to the whole country.
Thanks to his love and trust, our young people could fully display their wisdom and valour everywhere they were called by the Party.”