Ryongsong Residence

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Ryongsong Residence
Chosŏn'gŭl 룡성 관저
Hancha
Revised Romanization Ryongseong Gwanjeo
McCune–Reischauer Ryongsŏng Kwanjŏ
Ryongsong Residence is located in North Korea
Ryongsong
Ryongsong
Location of Ryongsong Residence in North Korea

Ryongsong Residence[1] (also called Residence No. 55, Chosŏn'gŭl: 55호 관저,[2] or Central Luxury Mansion, Chosŏn'gŭl: 주요 고급 저택) is the main residence of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.[3]

Location[edit]

The residence is located in Ryongsong district in northern Pyongyang,[4] around 12 km (7.5 mi) northeast of Kim Il-sung Square. The size of the whole leadership complex is around 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi).[5] According to Kim Jong-il’s former bodyguard Lee Young-kuk there are at least eight North Korean leader’s residences outside Pyongyang.[6]

Description[edit]

The compound was constructed by a Korean People's Army construction brigade and completed in 1983 under the rule of Kim Il-sung. It was later used by Kim Jong-il, his sister Kim Kyong-hui and his brother-in-law Jang Sung-taek.[7] Since he succeeded his father as leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un has used Ryongsong Residence as his main residence.[3] The complex has an underground wartime headquarters, protected with walls with iron rods and concrete covered with lead in case of a nuclear war.[8] There are numerous military units to protect the headquarters stationed around the complex in possession of mass scale conventional weapons.[7] The area is surrounded by an electric fence, mine fields and many security checkpoints.[9] The headquarters is connected with Changgyong Residence (Residence No. 26) and other residences with underground tunnels.[8] A private underground train station is also inside the residence compound.[10] Besides large houses[11] and well-tended gardens[12] there are man-made lakes and various recreational facilities. Witnesses have reported about luxurious interiors with ornate furnishings, deep plush carpets and fancy chandeliers.[2]

Facilities[edit]

  • Banquet halls at the lakefront[7]
  • Swimming pool 15 m (49 ft) wide and 50 m (160 ft) long[13] with a giant waterslide[14]
  • Running track and athletic field[2]
  • Spa and sauna
  • Horse stables and riding area
  • Shooting range
  • Auto racing course

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "‘김정일 저택’ 평양 룡성구역 관저 가능성". DongA Ilbo (in Korean). August 12, 2009. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Windrem, Robert (June 18, 2010). "Looking down on Kim Jong Il". MSNBC. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Kim Jong-il’s ‘Mt. Ryongnam Range’ is succeeded by Kim Jong-un’s ‘Mt. Ami Range’". Leonid Petrov’s Korea Vision. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "'Kim Jong-il's House' Spotted on Google Earth". The Chosun Ilbo. August 13, 2009. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Elite Areas". North Korean Economy Watch. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Macintyre, Donald (February 18, 2002). "The Supremo in His Labyrinth". Time Magazine. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "DPRK Leadership Compound (Residence 22)". Wikimapia. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Han, Young Jin (March 15, 2005). "Kim Jong Il, Where He Sleeps and Where He Works". DailyNK. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Krauel, Torsten (November 28, 2010). "Kim Jong-ils Höhlenstaat Nordkorea". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Lipes, Joshua (August 17, 2009). "Kim's Palaces, via Google Earth". Radio Free Asia. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ Prynne, Miranda (June 21, 2009). "North Korea uncovered: Palaces, labour camps and mass graves". The Independent. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ Brown, Adrian (August 9, 2009). "Satellites uncover North Korea". BBC News. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kim Jong-il's sitting room discovered by Google earth". People’s Daily. August 13, 2009. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ Doyle, Leonard (May 31, 2009). "Leaders live in luxury while North Koreans starve to pay for nuclear bomb". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 39°06′59″N 125°48′21″E / 39.116377°N 125.805817°E / 39.116377; 125.805817