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Kimilsungia Festival, New Chapter of World History of Flower Plants

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- The 8th Kimilsungia Festival closed with success in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The festival has developed to be a new magnificent one, the first of its kind in the world since the first festival held in April, Juche 88 (1999). In an interview with KCNA, Prof. and Dr. Kim In Gi, director of the Korean Research Center for Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia, said in an excited tone that the Kimilsungia festival is a grand flower festival full of respect for a great man. I, as a floriculture expert, have participated in the international flower festivals, he added, and went on:
    Those flower festivals in which newly bred flowers are displayed assume the propaganda and business character. They, therefore, are participated in mainly by flower companies and floriculturists from various countries. On the contrary, only Kimilsungias and Kimjongilias are put on display at the flower festivals held in the DPRK on the occasion of the Day of the Sun and the February holiday as an annual event.
    These festivals which take place with the participation of Koreans at home and abroad and foreign friends are expanded in scope year after year. More than 8,000 potted Kimilsungias were on display at the 8th Kimilsungia Festival. It was visited by hundreds of thousands of people every day. The number of Kimilsungias displayed at the 8 rounds of festivals totaled over 50,000 and that of visitors nearly four million.
    The Kimilsungia festival is decorated in harmony with other flowers and plants, splendid background, varied delicate sculptures and art works. Such fascinating scene cannot be found in any other flower festivals.
    The flower festival full of profound reverence and missing of the Korean people and the world progressives for President Kim Il Sung constitutes a new chapter in the world history of flower plants.

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