Travel theme: bowing under the two Kim statues

This week, Ailsa‘s photo challenge theme is Pairs.

I have chosen the most surrealistic pair I have ever seen: those two giant statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim-Jong-Il in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Originally there was only one statue here, the second was added by current leader Kim-Jong-Un after his father’s death, as it would help increase his own legitimacy.

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The statues by night. Dozens and dozens of citizens are standing at their feet; they will bow all at the same time.

On many occasions, citizens of North Korea gather here, typically as work or school teams, to come and present their respects to the previous supreme leaders. They bring huge flower wreaths, get in line, and bow all together.

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Same place during day time. A group of men is bowing; a group of pioneers girls will be next.

I took these photos at the occasion of the Party Foundation anniversary celebrations in 2014.


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