Pyongyang’s New Landscape Symbolic of People-first Idea of WPK and Signal Development of
Kim Jong Un Cuts Ribbon at Inauguration Ceremony of Pothong Riverside Terraced Residential District
A distinctive terraced residential district has been built on a scenic bank of the Pothong River in Pyongyang, the capital city of the DPRK, amid ceaseless erection of monumental edifices symbolic of the development of civilization of Korean-style socialism under a grandiose plan for national prosperity unfolded at the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The Pothong Riverside Terraced Residential District, which has been completed to bring about another dramatic change in Pyongyang, is a proud edifice of the new era that vividly represents the people-first idea of the Party Central Committee regarding it as its long-cherished desire to provide the people with the best material and cultural welfare in the world and its strategy for the development of Juche-oriented architecture.
The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, who considers the people’s laughter and happiness to be a criterion for assessing the national power, initiated the building of a luxurious residential district, which will serve as a fresh springboard for the country’s architectural development, in order to present it to the persons of merit who contributed to the prosperity and development of the country. He personally organized and guided the whole process of its construction as a designer, owner and operator of the project.
The district, to which formative art, practicability and convenience are applied at the highest level, has taken its shape at a time-honored fine location in the centre of the capital city under the warm care of the great Party Central Committee as a new model of housing construction and a world of fantasy in which people happily enjoy a new civilization of socialism.
An inauguration ceremony took place on April 13 in splendour.
Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, attended the ceremony.
Present there were Jo Yong Won, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary for Organizational Affairs of the WPK Central Committee, and Kim Tok Hun, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-president of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and premier of the Cabinet.
Also attending it were Ri Il Hwan, secretary of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Yong Hwan, chief secretary of the Pyongyang Municipal Committee of the WPK, First Deputy Department Director Ri Hi Yong and officials of the WPK Central Committee, officials of ministries and national agencies and Party and power organs in the capital city, those of the units involved in construction, builders, persons of merit and their family members who will move into Kyongru-dong, and other Pyongyang citizens.
When the respected General Secretary arrived at the ceremonial venue, the participants greeted him with thunderous cheers of “Hurrah!” amid a display of fireworks.
All the participants offered enthusiastic cheers to the respected General Secretary with profound reverence for him who makes indefatigable efforts to glorify the country as the world’s best people’s country, powerful and highly civilized, with his great love for the people and noble spirit of serving them.
The national anthem of the DPRK was solemnly played.
Jo Yong Won addressed the ceremony.
Referring to the great excitement at the emergence of a flourishing socialist living space, which epitomizes the Party Central Committee’s noble outlook on the people, in the sacred place associated with the great leader’s revolutionary life, Jo Yong Won stressed that it is the firm will of the Party Central Committee and the consistent policy of the government of the Republic to make the people supporting the Party and the state with their painstaking efforts enjoy the best civilization before anyone else, considering that their dedication of sweat and conscience to the sake of the country is more valuable than a thousand pieces of gold.
The completion of the Pothong Riverside Terraced Residential District intuitively shows that the day when everyone will enjoy a highly civilized and happy life is not the distant future, and further boosts the patriotic and creative zeal, and morale of all the people to spruce up their own houses by their own efforts, he noted.
Saying the owners of Kyongru-dong should continue to add glory to their worthwhile life as treasures of the country and standard-bearers of their collective, never forgetting the current excitement, he expressed belief that Kyongru-dong would be eternally admired as a residential area of genuine patriots dedicating their pure conscience and fervent enthusiasm to the prosperity of the country along with its elegant name.
The respected General Secretary cut the inaugural tape.
At that moment, thunderous cheers of “Hurrah!” reverberated throughout the ceremonial ground with fireworks set off and countless balloons released, gorgeously decorating the sky above the Pothong River where a new legend of love for the people in the era of the Workers’ Party has been created.
This reflected the firm faith and will of all the participants to enjoy all victories and glories, a worthwhile life and a bright future in the course of single-mindedly and devotedly upholding the idea and leadership of the respected General Secretary, who confidently opens up a new world, a new era of a highly-civilized, prosperous and powerful country, by devoting himself to the sake of his beloved people, always placing them in his heart.
The respected General Secretary warmly waved back to the loudly cheering crowds.
A touching spectacle showing the great love for the people was witnessed at Kyongru-dong, every nook and cranny of which is filled with the boundless benevolence of the respected General Secretary who deems the working people’s patriotic enthusiasm and sincere efforts priceless.
The respected General Secretary met and warmly congratulated the persons of merit, including Ri Chun Hi and Choe Song Won, senior announcers of the Radio-Television Broadcasting Committee of the DPRK, and Tong Thae Gwan, a member of the editorial board of the Rodong Sinmun, who were among the cheering crowds.
Holding hands of Ri Chun Hi making a deep bow to him as an expression of her deep gratitude for having received a marvelous dwelling house, he went to Block No. 7 of Kyongru-dong where she would live.
Witnessing such a touching sight, in which the leader of a country shares feelings with people, the participants in the event raised louder cheers.
Looking round the family room and other living rooms in her house, the respected General Secretary listened to the impressions of her family members with fatherly care and took a measure of benevolence so that the aged announcer would not feel any inconvenience while going up and down the stairs in her house.
The veteran announcer told him in excited tones that her house with all excellent amenities is just like a hotel and all members of her family stayed up all night in tears of deep gratitude for the Party’s benevolence.
Listening to her with pleasure, the General Secretary said it is the sincerity of the Party that there is nothing to spare for the treasures of the country like her who has worked as a revolutionary announcer for the Party for more than 50 years since her girlhood. And he highly praised her for speaking to the world the voice of the Party and Juche Korea with youthful mettle and enthusiasm despite her age nearing eighty.
Noting that the veteran women announcers, whom the Party is proud of, are doing very important work of informing the world of the policies of the Party and the state and the prestige of the country, he placed deep trust on them, saying that they should not only achieve continuous successes in their job with ardent passion but also do their bit in training younger announcers who would shoulder the future of broadcasting.
Expressing expectation that she would as ever vigorously continue her work in good health as befitting a spokeswoman for the Party Central Committee, he had a photo taken with her family.
He also visited the houses of Choe Song Won and Tong Thae Gwan to warmly congratulate their families on moving into new houses before having photos taken with them.
Acknowledging them bowing repeatedly in tears, gripped by profound gratitude, he told them that such phrase as a world for the people is not merely a slogan to the Party, in which a climate of unconditionally serving the people has been established, and the Korean people, who firmly uphold their sovereignty with their own efforts, are those who deserve to lead a happy and highly civilized life.
He said that he misses President Kim Il Sung more than ever before as a luxurious residential district has been built at a site associated with the President’s revolutionary life on the occasion of the significant Day of the Sun.
Stressing that it is a filial duty and noble obligation of the descendants of the President to live up to his expectations, the respected General Secretary said that the Party, true to the intention of the President, built a fine street for the people whom he had loved so much all his life and he would have been satisfied to see the cozy dwellings built for the patriots and persons of merit in the place where his residence had once located.
Warmly holding the hands of persons of merit who were following him step by step, reluctant to be apart from him, he repeatedly wished them a happy future and promised them that he would make time to visit their houses again in the future.
After the ceremony, Pyongyang citizens looked around the dwellings with their owners.
Looking at the palatial dwelling houses with all amenities in admiration, they keenly realized the noble intention and warm benevolence of the Party Central Committee which set the construction for the happiness of the people as a far-sighted patriotic work for bringing about a future of high civilization.
They hardened their confidence in the future of the country which will turn brighter under the leadership of the great Party in the residential district where the Juche-oriented and popular characters peculiar to the Party and state, Korean national charms and features and the development trend of modern architecture are successfully embodied.
The Pothong Riverside Terraced Residential District, a new scenery of Pyongyang symbolizing the great era of Kim Jong Un, will shine as an edifice representing Korean-style civilization, demonstrating the people-first idea of the Party believing in the people as in Heaven and the indomitable spirit of socialist Korea which is making leaping progress on the great strength of self-reliance.