Anecdotes

Pyongyang Designed During War

The beautiful Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was designed in the flames of war.

When everybody was thinking only of the fate of the war, the great leader Kim Il Sung looked ahead into the future victory and unfolded a grand plan of rehabilitation and construction.

Lecturer Ri Hyang at the Jonsung Revolutionary Site says:

“One day in January 1951, the great leader Kim Il Sung met designers working out a master plan for rehabilitation and construction of Pyongyang City.

He said he had called them to discuss the issue on working out the master plan for rehabilitation and construction of Pyongyang City, and continued: It may be difficult because we make such a design for the first time. And he explained about how to draw up the master plan for rehabilitation and construction. He also said we should not only rehabilitate Pyongyang City to its original state but also rebuild it into a modern city with cultural facilities and public service amenities for the people.”

Kim Il Sung taught the designers the orientation of working out the master plan for rehabilitation and construction of Pyongyang City. In May that year, he examined the draft master plan mapped out by them.

Marking signs on the design with the colour pencil he used to draw an operation map, he corrected shortcomings one by one and taught the orientation and ways to correct them.

This is how the master plan for rehabilitation and construction of Pyongyang City was completed as taught by him.

According to the master plan, thoroughfares will be built along the River Taedong flowing through the capital city Pyongyang, multistorey houses around them, several bridges across the River Taedong, a children’s palace on Jangdae Hill, a modern street in the east Pyongyang area, and parks and pleasure grounds in different parts.

During the three years of war, more than 428,000 bombs dropped in Pyongyang on over 1,400 occasions, which were equivalent to more than one bomb per head of the population in Pyongyang at that time.

Pyongyang was reduced to a debris. Under the leadership of Kim Il Sung, however, the Korean people finished the rehabilitation and construction in three years and the capital city Pyongyang was face-lifted day by day.

The beautiful Pyongyang designed during the war became reality.

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