TOKYO (TR) – North Korea plans to permanently display the embalmed remains of former leader Kim Jong-il at the same Pyongyang memorial that houses his father Kim Il-sung, Agence France-Presse said, citing North Korean media.
North Korea spent $1 million to preserve the father after his death in 1994, AFP said. Russian specialists visited Pyongyang last month after Kim Jong-il, age 69, died December 17 from a suspected heart attack, the news agency reported.
“Great leader Kim Jong-il will be preserved to look the same as when he was alive, at Kumsusan Memorial Palace,” the official KCNA news agency said, according to AFP.
North Korea said it plans to build memorial towers throughout the nation to honor the recently deceased leader. The ruling communist party also said a bronze statue commemorating Kim will also be built, AFP reported. A towering bronze statue currently honors Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang.