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Book made in North Korea, 2016. English edition. Newly published in 2016. Faux leather with gold gilt lettering. Spectacular images of interior and grounds of the Kumsusan Palace, resting place of Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, formerly the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, and sometimes referred to as the Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il Mausoleum, is a building near the northeast corner of the city of Pyongyang that serves as the mausoleum for Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, and for his son Kim Jong-il, both posthumously designated as Eternal President and Eternal General Secretary of North Korea. The palace was built in 1976 as the Kumsusan Assembly Hall and served as Kim Il-sung’s official residence. Following the elder Kim’s death in 1994, Kim Jong-il had the building renovated and transformed into his father’s mausoleum.
Inside the palace, Kim Il-sung’s embalmed body lies inside a clear glass sarcophagus. His head rests on a traditional Korean buckwheat pillow and his body is covered by the flag of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Kim Jong-il is now on display in a room close to his father’s remains and positioned in a very similar way. At 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2), Kumsusan is the largest mausoleum dedicated to a Communist leader and the only one to house the remains of multiple people. Some halls inside the building are up to 1 kilometre (3,300 ft) long. It is fronted by a large square, approximately 500 metres (1,600 ft) in length.mIt is bordered on its northern and eastern sides by a moat.
Foreign visitors can access the palace only on an official government tour. Photography, videotaping, and smoking are not permitted anywhere inside the palace. The palace plaza, though, is open all week, and is a venue for national rallies. Adjoining rooms are filled with some of Kim Il-sung’s possessions, as well as gifts and awards he received from around the world.