THE DEAR LEADERS ARE WATCHING YOU
Anywhere you are in DPRK, you will see the portraits of the Dear Leaders. In the houses, in the offices, in the
hospitals, in the subway, they never leave you!
If you look carefully, you will see that they are the frames are leaning forward to avoid reflections that would
make them difficult to see.
Only the portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il can bee seen. Kim Jong Un has not yet portrait yet. They are
sometimes accompanied by a portrait of Kim Jong Suk, Kim Il Sung’s first wife, and the mother of Kim Jong Il.
In this case they are dressed with military uniforms and caps.
They are two versions, one with pictures from the 80’s where the Leaders are very serious, one from the 90s
where they smile. Some say they were the only people who smiled in North Korea.
The portraits are so photshopped, in fact retouched by hand by north korean artists, that they look more ike
paintings that pictures.
The people who marry receive the two portraits and sometimes a third one showing Kim il Sung and Kim Jong Il
chating with papers in the hands. This picture is really bad as it is taken with flash in a corridor office. When i
asked my guide, he admitted this was not a perfect quality picture but it was the perfect illustration of the Dear
Leaders working for the people, even when they were walking.
When you ask north koreans if those portraits are not too much everywhere, they say that as they venerate the
Leaders, it is a pleasure to see them all day long. My guide even noticed that many people have Jesus crucifix
inside their bedrooms in western countries, for him, it was the same…
The frames must always be clean, without fingers marks or dust for example. If you are caught not taking care
of your portraits, you may have problems with the Party or even fined. I noticed that many portraits were dull
because of the sun light on them after years, and were not changed. It seems it was a problem of budget.
The wall where the portraits are hu