City in Shade of Trees

The historic building Ryongwang Pavilion is on the shore of the River Taedong flowing through the capital city Pyongyang.

If you go to the Ryongwang Pavilion, you can see the letters–“the most beautiful place in the world”–written by an envoy of a neighbouring country in ancient times, fascinated by the scenery of Pyongyang.

From olden times, Pyongyang was called Ryugyong because it was a city thick with willows.

This is an example telling that Pyongyang was a place of scenic beauty from olden times.

Due to the war in the 1950s, however, Pyongyang was reduced to ashes, with few sound trees.

But the Korean people changed Pyongyang into a city buried in forest in 10 to 20 years after the war under the guidance of the great leader Kim Il Sung.

Chief Engineer O Yong Gu at the Pyongyang City Afforestation Construction Company says: “Right after the country’s liberation the great leader Kim Il Sung climbed up Munsu Hill which was stripped bare by the Japanese imperialists and planted trees with sincerity, saying the tree planting is a worthwhile nature-remaking work to heal the aftereffect of the colonial rule of the cruel Japanese imperialists and make the new democratic capital thick with foliage.

When the war was at its height, he gave a task to reflect the afforestation plan in the master plan for rehabilitation and construction of Pyongyang City after the war and cultivated good species of trees at his residence during the war.

After the war, an active work for building up Pyongyang into a city thick with foliage was done under the wise leadership of Kim Il Sung. As a result, a lot of big and small parks and pleasure grounds were built in all places of the capital city including Moran Hill and Mt. Taesong. Pyongyang was changed into a ‘city buried in thick woods’, ‘city in parks’ and ‘city free from environmental pollution.”

In order to build up the capital Pyongyang into a city thick with foliage, the great leader Kim Jong Il had rare trees he cultivated in his garden planted in parks and pleasure grounds and along streets.

Pyongyang today, a city thick with foliage, is unthinkable apart from the meticulous guidance of the great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

Some of the parks and pleasure grounds in the area of Moran Hill
Some of the Taesongsan Pleasure Ground
On the shore of the Pothong River
Some of streets in Pyongyang City

It is a firm will of the Workers’ Party of Korea to build up the capital city Pyongyang into a city with good ecological environment and spectacles.

In January last, the Eighth Congress of the WPK presented a task to face-lift the cities through good afforestation.

According to it, Pyongyang City is directing efforts to raising the level of park and garden design and arranging good species of trees, flowering plants and ground covers harmoniously.

The capital city Pyongyang thick with foliage will be changed more beautifully.

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