Following the customary supreme leader and elite cadre’s visit to Keumsusan Memorial Palace at midnight on the 8th in commemoration of the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s death on July 8th, 1994, Kim Jong Eun visited the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.
The museum, which sits on the banks of the Taedong River and is frequented by a vast majority of the tourists who visit the country, was a site that Kim Jong Il paid very few visits to in his own spell as leader. As such, Kim Jong Eun’s visit seems to be a further attempt to make him look and seem like his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, rather than his father, Kim Jong Il, an image that the timing was intended to reinforce.
As he toured the museum, Kim reportedly commented, “This place is an excellent educational base for the arming of People’s Army soldiers, workers and young students with the great Suryeong’s Juche and anti-imperialist revolutionary ideology, along with his extraordinary military strategy.” He then declared that the Chosun People's Army must take on and complete maintenance work on the museum.
The museum first opened on August 17th, 1952, some distance from its current riverside location in the Haebang area of the city, but was moved in April 1974.