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"Kim Il Sung's Korea", Special Write-ups to Centenary of His Birth (25)
   Kim Il Sung's Feat for Preservation of National Cultural Heritages

Pyongyang, April 11 (KCNA) -- President Kim Il Sung wisely led the work to preserve and carry forward the national cultural heritages in a proper manner.

Tangun, ancestral father of the Korean nation, had been known as a myth until the early 1990s and the history of Tangun's Korea had not yet been verified in a scientific way.

On the instructions of the President, an undertaking to excavate Tangun's tomb was conducted on a full scale, and it was proven scientifically that Tangun was not a myth but a real being, who founded the first state of Ancient Korea with Pyongyang as its capital.

In September Juche 82 (1993), the President instructed officials concerned on the spot to rebuild Tangun's tomb, and examined its final miniature in July 1994.

Later, the tomb was reconstructed splendidly as a sacred place of the Korean nation under the energetic guidance of leader Kim Jong Il.

The President also proposed a campaign to ascertain the relics found out in and around King Tongmyong's mausoleum and wrote such epigraph as "Monument to Reconstructed Mausoleum of King Tongmyong".

In May 1992 he visited the mausoleum of King Wang Kon in Kaesong and called for its reconstruction. When the project was finished, he personally wrote an epigraph reading "Monument to Reconstructed Mausoleum of King Wang Kon, Founder of Koryo".

He guided the work to properly formulate the history of the Korean nation with a Juche-based viewpoint.

He urged officials to deepen the study of the history of Tangun and Ancient Korea and put straight the distorted or wrong history records with Juche-oriented stand.

His guidance led to making clear the entire picture of Korea's primitive history and establishing in a systematic way its ancient history centered on Ancient Korea and medieval history on Koguryo Kingdom (277 B.C.-668 A.D.), formulating the Korean nation's history of 5 000 years from a fresh angle.

In May 1992, the President visited the Koryo Songgyungwan Academy in Kaesong, the highest educational institution in the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392), stressing that it is more significant to turn the building into a university inheriting the academy than to display it as a mere showcase to visitors.

And he sent the signboard of the university "The Koryo Songgyungwan Academy" written by his own hand, and advised officials to set September 1, 992 when its predecessor Kukjagam was established, as its birthday.

The President saw to it that Rijo Sillok (Chronicles of the Ri Dynasty) and other national classics were translated in Korean and published and the traditional customs and lifestyle inherited and developed as required by the present times.

At the Sixth Session of the Ninth Supreme People's Assembly, the President suggested discussing the issue of improving the work to properly carry forward and develop the national cultural heritages.

At the Seventh Session of the Ninth SPA in April 1994, the President recommended adopting a DPRK law on protection of cultural heritages.

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