People’s joy fills the whole country


The family of a scientist are so happy after moving into a new home on Mirae Scientists Street.


    The year 2015 was a year of jubilation for the Korean people.

Last year witnessed a vicious circle of war and terrorism and subsequent destruction and killing in many parts of the world.

Various natural disasters and such diseases as Ebola epidemic swept the world, threatening the existence of people incessantly. The persistent economic crisis in the capitalist world drastically deteriorated the living of ordinary people.

Millions of refugees left their homelands in the forlorn hope of finding a better life in other countries boasting of “progress” and “civilization”, reminding the world of a great racial migration. But they met with only inhospitality and contempt.

In the DPRK, however, the laughter of the people rang out throughout the year.


Flood-afflicted Rason people dance with joy of moving into new homes.


    Mirae Scientists Street for educationists and scientists was completed in a matter of a year on the banks of the Taedong River in Pyongyang, and they moved into new homes. They were very grateful as they were provided for free with palatial flats furnished with modern furniture. They were moved to tears and filled with the resolve to devote themselves to the good of the socialist system as they were granted such benefits when the country was yet in economic difficulties due to the relentless economic blockade and persistent sanctions by the US and the West.

People were also excited by the complete change of the Jangchon Vegetable Cooperative Farm in a suburb of Pyongyang.

The farm was so poor that it was even on the handbook of the head of state as a “farm without income”. But now it has turned into a smart town with long rows of greenhouses, modern multi- and single-storey houses that use green energy, health complex, school, hospital, sci-tech dissemination hall and community centre.

It is called a model and standard of cultural construction of socialist rural communities in the DPRK.

Feasting their eyes on the rural fairyland, the Korean people visualize the socialist civilization they would enjoy in the near future.

In August last year Rason on the northern tip of the country was hit by unprecedentedly devastating flood.


Schoolchildren are taught how to play kayagum, Korean musical instrument, at the renovated Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace.


    Soon afterwards, all the Koreans as well as more than 1 000 families who were left homeless could hardly believe their ears at the news that the rehabilitation of the flood-stricken city was discussed as an agenda item at an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea presided over by supreme leader Kim Jong Un.

In hearty response to the leader’s call, service personnel built single-storey houses for over 1 300 families furnished with wonderful living conditions and even kitchen gardens in the Sonbong area of the city in a little over a month. In the period the leader inspected the area twice to encourage soldiers and took measures to finish the project before the cold weather came.

Children enjoyed a special care of the state, and legends of love for the people were woven.

The June 3 2015 issue of Rodong Sinmun carried the news about the inaugural ceremony of the baby home and orphanage in the port city of Wonsan on the east coast along with a picture of kids in national costumes cutting the ribbon.

The children might not know how their palatial homes were provided by the state, but they would realize the meaning of their ribbon-cutting when they grow old enough.

The Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace was reconstructed splendidly as another monumental structure.

In this comprehensive extracurricular educational base, a living embodiment of the WPK’s love for the future, or younger generation, children of workers, farmers, scientists and service personnel develop their talents, singing song “We Are the Happiest in the World”.

These are only some scraps of events that took place last year.

Many foreign visitors including tourists and those from the West that is hostile towards the DPRK were deeply moved by the stories about love and respect shown for the people.

A French tourist who visited the country last year said that all his fellow travellers including Americans felt great joy as what they witnessed in the DPRK was completely different from what the West described it as.

By Pang Un Ju PT