12 May 2021 at 6.30
£5 for members and guests
Immortalising the Kims: Experiencing the Preservation of Political Eternity in North Korea
One of the more enduring images of North Korea in the Western world, alongside the nuclear weapons and the grandiose military parades of tanks, missiles and soldiers, is the thousands of grief-stricken, weeping North Koreans who lined the streets of Pyongyang in sub-zero temperatures in December 2011 to bid farewell to the deceased Kim Jong-il. His body, alongside that of his father and predecessor, Kim il-Sung, was embalmed and put on permanent display at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – a vast expanse of neo-classical architecture that acts as the most sacred of national monuments in North Korea. Seemingly beyond the desire, reach or even knowledge of many, visiting North Korea and the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun as a ‘tourist’ is possible. Beyond the ubiquitous propaganda and the carefully caricatured visage shown to tourists, a visit can help to discredit popularly perpetuated myths about the country as well as shedding light on the efforts of the state to immortalise the rule of the Kim family in the minds of North Korean citizens.
Sam Swash is studying for a doctorate in North Korean Studies at the International Institute of Korean Studies at the University of Central Lancashire – his project is a study of the importance of the mausoleum and death culture to the North Korean state. Sam spent a week in North Korea in 2017 during the nationwide celebrations of Kim il-Sung’s 105th birthday.
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