Death and state funeral of Kim Il-sung

Death and funeral of Kim Il-sung
A painting of Kim smiling
Official portrait of Kim Il-sung
Date8–17 July 1994
LocationPyongyang, North Korea
ParticipantsKim Jong-il and North Korean military, government and Korean Workers' Party elites
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Kim Il-sung died on the afternoon of 8 July 1994 at age 82. North Korea's government did not report the death for more than 34 hours after it occurred. An official mourning period was declared from 8–17 July, during which the national flag was flown at half mast throughout the country, and all forms of amusement and dancing were prohibited.[1]

Pyongyang radio said that Kim had succumbed to complications arising from a stroke as a result of psychological stress.[citation needed] In the years prior to his death, he had been receiving treatment for diabetes as well as the hardening of arteries in his heart.[citation needed]

Background

On the late morning of 8 July 1994, Kim Il-sung collapsed In Hyangsan from a sudden heart attack. After the heart attack, his son Kim Jong-il ordered the team of doctors who were constantly at his father's side to leave, and arranged for the country's best doctors to be flown in from Pyongyang. After several hours, the doctors from Pyongyang arrived, and despite their efforts to save him, Kim Il-sung died. His death was declared thirty hours later, respecting the traditional Confucian mourning period.[2]

Kim Il-sung's death resulted in nationwide mourning and a ten-day mourning period was declared by Kim Jong-il. His funeral in Pyongyang was attended by hundreds of thousands of people from all over North Korea. Kim Il-sung's body was placed in a public mausoleum at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where his preserved and embalmed body lies under a glass coffin for viewing purposes. His head rests on a Korean-style pillow and he is covered by the flag of the Workers' Party of Korea. Newsreel video of the funeral at Pyongyang was broadcast on several networks, and now can be found on various websites.[3] A further mourning period lasted until the third anniversary of his death in 1997.[4]

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