Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

Pyongyang, North Korea

Kumsusan Memorial Palace
Photo: David Stanley License: CC BY 2.0
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, sometimes referred to as the Kim Il-sung Mausoleum, serves as the mausoleum for Kim Il-sung, the founder and eternal president of North Korea, and for his son Kim Jong-il who succeeded him as the country's ruler.

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Kumsusan Palace of the Sun Categories

  • Man-Made

    The palace was built in 1976 as the Kumsusan Assembly Hall, and served as Kim Il-sung's official residence. On 16 February 2012, the 70th diamond anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-il, the building was formally renamed the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.
  • Monuments and Memorials

    Following President Kim Il-sung's death in 1994, his son Kim Jong-il had the building renovated and transformed into his father's mausoleum.
  • Tombs and Graves

    Inside the palace, Kim Il-sung's embalmed body lies inside a clear glass sarcophagus. The preserved remains of Kim Jong-il are displayed in a separate room.


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