Kim Jong Il inspects Pyongyang amusement park

December 06, 2011

By YOSHIHIRO MAKINO / Correspondent

SEOUL--Even the supreme leader of a heavily militarized communist state likes to have a little fun once in a while.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Dec. 4 that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspected an amusement park in Pyongyang, and took along a group of subordinates to accompany him on the rides.

Kaeson Youth Park, which underwent a complete renovation in April last year, is enjoying a huge popularity among citizens thanks to the adrenaline-inducing thrill rides, such as one that drops vertically and another that moves like a swing.

"All my accumulated exhaustion vanished," an aide said after one ride.

"The most important thing is to carry out regular checkups and safety maintenance in a responsible manner," Kim told the group after their day in the amusement park.

Riding all 10 rides in the park costs 1,600 won (40 U.S. cents, or 31 yen, black market rate). The amount is more than half of the average 3,000-won monthly salary of citizens in Pyongyang.

"Our dear general devoted Sunday for happier lives of the people," the KCNA reported.

The report suggested Kim visited the park on Dec. 4. It did not say whether ordinary citizens were able to also use the park that day.

By YOSHIHIRO MAKINO / Correspondent
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Kim Jong Il, fifth from left, and an entourage of subordinates gather at Kaeson Youth Park in Pyongyang in this photograph released by the Korean Central News Agency on Dec. 4. (Korea News Service)

Kim Jong Il, fifth from left, and an entourage of subordinates gather at Kaeson Youth Park in Pyongyang in this photograph released by the Korean Central News Agency on Dec. 4. (Korea News Service)

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  • Kim Jong Il, fifth from left, and an entourage of subordinates gather at Kaeson Youth Park in Pyongyang in this photograph released by the Korean Central News Agency on Dec. 4. (Korea News Service)

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