Friday, June 11, 2010

With Kim Il-sung - a page from my archive...

The happening was in 1981. After that visit to Beijing we proceed to North Korea, a country officially known as the Democratic People Republic of Korea [DPRK] to pay a courtesy call to the Great Leader. [ Kim_Il-sung is officially known as the Great Leader in the DPRK].

It was a diplomatic mission from Malaysia. At that time we did not have an Embassy in the DPRK and all diplomatic services was covered by our Embassy in Beijing. It was not easy to get to Pyongyang, the Capital of the DPRK since there was no commercial flight from anywhere in the world and that includes to and fro Beijing Pyongyang. Because of that the DPRK decided to provide a plane to take us from Beijing for our visit there and with that arrangement we eventually got to Pyongyang. We were greeted officially by the government official and pretty little girls on arrival at the airport. I was happy to meet a familiar North Korean face there greeting us. I had known the diplomat when they came on a visit to Malaysia some years before that.

We were then taken to an official VIP resident where we stayed during the duration of our visit to Pyongyang. The next day we made a courtesy call on the Great leader Kim ll Sung at the palace. For us it was indeed a historic meeting; for not always one gets to meet such an important figure in the history of the world.

Above is the official photograph taken by the North Korean and given to each of us. Indeed a memorable event in my life. Have a nice day.


Rahman Hariri said...

Pak Idrus, another priceless picture from the past.Is that a real waterfall in the background, or painting?

Pak Idrus said...

Rahman. thanks for the visit and the good words on this posting. Indeed a priceless picture and I do treasured it.

The image on the background is a large painting in the great hall of the palace.

Have a nice day.

wan zikri said...

cool background stuff.. first time masuk..akan masuk lagi..

Pak Idrus said...

wan zikri, thanks for the visit and the good words on my kind of blogging. Glad that you like it.

Hope to see you again on my blog. Have a nice day.