Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"Brilliant Juche-Oriented Architecture"

The Dear Leader is an expert on everything, as you probably know. In a current item from (North) Korean News we learn that architecture, too, can be Juche. What are the "revolutionary essence and characteristics of socialist architecture"? Something to do with gaudy monuments to Kim Senior:
The architectural art of the DPRK is on the road of steady development under the guidance of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

On May 21, Juche 80 (1991), he made public the famous work "The Theory on Architectural Art" by consummating the achievements and experiences accumulated in the 1970s and 1980s when he ushered in a great heyday in architecture.

In the work he propounds an original idea on the essence and characteristics of architecture, especially on the revolutionary essence and characteristics of socialist architecture, Juche-oriented one.

And he clarifies anew the principle and theory on architectural creation and theory on architecture and guidance which should be maintained consistently by the parties of the working class in architectural practice.

The validity and vitality of the work have been convincingly proved after its publication.

Notably, the new history of the architecture for the immortality of the leader is attributable to the outstanding architectural idea and wise leadership of Kim Jong Il.

Determined to see President Kim Il Sung lying in state and add eternal shine to the President's revolutionary feats, he took care that the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, the supreme sacred temple of Juche, was refurbished as the typical model of the architecture for the immortality of the leader.

All the structural elements and decorations of the palace give an excellent architectural depiction of the faith of the Korean soldiers and people to always hold the President in high esteem.

Under the energetic guidance of Kim Jong Il, towers for the President's immortality inscribed with the words of confidence of the Korean people "Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung Will Always Be With Us" have been erected in all parts of the country and the Monument to the Founding of the Party and the Monument to the Victorious Battle in Musan Area have been built as grand monumental edifices in the Songun era to convey the revolutionary exploits of the President down through generations.

The area of Mt. Paektu which bears brilliant marks of the revolutionary history of the President has been converted into a socialist fairyland of the Songun era.

Such new architectures as the e-library of Kim Chaek University of Technology and Kim Won Gyun Pyongyang Conservatory and the recently rebuilt Moranbong Theater, East Pyongyang Grand Theater and Taedongmun Cinema demonstrate the advantages of the Juche-oriented architectural idea and theory put forward by Kim Jong Il.

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