Mangyongdae has been famous from olden times as a scenic spot.
The name “Mangyongdae” has come from the fact that one can
command a kaleidoscopic view on the green hill (Mangyong Hill, 45 metres of
height) on the bank of the River Taedong.
Mangyongdae is located about 12 km southwest of the downtown
Kim Il Sung was born in a simple straw-thatched house at Mangyongdae on April
15, Juche 1 (1912) and spent his childhood here.
It was a dark period of national sufferings for the Korean
people when Korea had turned into a colony of the Japanese imperialists.
Born into a patriotic and revolutionary family whose members
had devoted themselves to the struggle for the country and people from
generation to generation, the President fostered a burning will to grow up fast
to liberate the country and set up a society where people were well off through
the revolutionary influence he received from his parents and his understanding
of the contradictory society.
he left his native home at the age of 13 with a high aim of making revolution,
he organized and led the heroic anti-Japanese armed struggle, liberated the
country and set up a genuine society for the people in this land.
The President accomplished immortal exploits unprecedented in
history as the leader of the Korean people and a veteran statesman in the
Mangyongdae many historic relics showing his extraordinary growth are preserved
in their original state.
There are valuable historic relics in the President’s native
home at Mangyongdae which still preserves the traces of poverty in the old
They include an inkstone and a table used by the President
when he nurtured the lofty aim of revolution and other things necessary in life
showing the diligent and simple character and warm humane feelings of his
family members and many other
precious historic relics.
Around the President’s native home there are the
Warship Rockwhere he played at soldiers and fostered the wisdom
and courage of a brilliant commander and the
Wrestling Ground, the Spring and the
Sliding Rock where he built a strong body, the sites where he
received education in patriotism from his parents and the
Study Site where he read books so assiduously that he did not
notice it was getting dark.
are also at Mangyongdae the
Mangyongdae Revolutionary Museum with historic relics and
materials associated with the President’s revolutionary exploits and the
history of the struggle of his family members, the
Sunhwa School, the
Tongrim Pier and Konyu Islet showing the revolutionary
activities of the family members of the President.
Mangyongdae, which is visited everyday by crowds of people
who cherish boundless respect to President Kim Il Sung sheds brilliant rays as
a sacred place of the Sun together with the name of the President.