North Korea -> PYONGYANG -> Mangyongdae
PYONGYANG, Pyongyang Municipality

Mangyongdae was the birthplace of the late President Kim Il Sung on April 15, 1912. His parents were Kim Hyong-Jik and Kang Pan-Sok and his birth name was Kim Song-Ju. His parents were active in the anti-Japanese movement and were forced to flee with their family to China in 1920 where the young Kim attended school in Jilin.

The house, made of mud with a thatched roof had a block of rooms for his grandparents, for his immediate family, for his uncles and for a kitchen. There are various items preserved in the compound.

While in Jilin he became more interested in political activities and in 1935 joined the Northeast Anti-Japanese United Army led by the Chinese Communist Party. He eventurally became a commander in this unit before being forced to flee to Russia in 1941. During this previous period he adopted the name Kim Il Sung which was the name of an anti-Japanese Korean fighter who had been killed.

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