In Kwangbok Street of Pyongyang, there is a fork to Mangyongdae (President Kim Il Sung’s birthplace) and Kangson.
On October 9, Juche 34 (1945), right after Korea’s liberation, Kim Il Sung arrived at the fork road on his way to a steel plant in Kangson. His native home was a little away from there.
He had left Mangyongdae in his early years of 14 in January 1925 with a great ambition to win back his country deprived of by the Japanese imperialists. However, he headed for the steel plant, although his old home he had left 20 years ago was near at hand.
That day, he met with workers of the steel plant and said that they were the pillars and cornerstones of a new Korea who would shoulder the destiny of the country. He inspired them to the campaign for restoring the plant destroyed by the Japanese imperialists during their flight after defeat. The workers restored a furnace in a short period and produced steel, thereby having rendered services to building a new country.
In October 1970, the Korean people erected a monument to the revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung in the fork road in order to hand down the immortal exploits and noble virtues of Kim Il Sung who thought of the revolution first rather than visiting his native home.