Junghyon Revolutionary Site, Rason
Junghyon Revolutionary Site is the most important Revolutionary Site in Sonbong City, the smaller of the two cities that make up the Rason Zone.
Kim Jong Suk arrived here around the time of Liberation from Japan and gave inspiration and instruction to local people as well as staying overnight.
Where Sonbong city meets the water, directly outside the Sonbong Hotel and visible from street-facing rooms.
A visit to the Junghyon Revolutionary Site takes around an hour. First visitors proceed to the Japanese-era houses, well-maintained and scenic, although impossible to enter. Here lessons are taught about Kim Jong Suk’s visit and what she taught the local people.
The main building is that of a former merchant, this and the surrounding structures were requisitioned when the Japanese fled, and this is where Kim Jong Suk stayed during her visit to Sonbong.
As Kim Jong Suk is a native of the nearby city of Hoeryong and a northeasterner by origin it is said she could more closely relate to those who lived in this remote part of Korea, and thus was successful in building relationships and having her lessons gratefully received. Her status as the wife of the new President Kim Il Sung probably helped too!
After the residential area visitors go and see the main monument at the Junghyon Revolutionary Site. This is a large red flag with white Korean writing on it describing the visit of Kim Jong Suk and her activities in this area.
There are also some of the familiar large concrete reliefs with more detailed explanations, as well as a large painting of Kim Jong Suk and Kim Jong Il at the entrance to the Junghyon Revolutionary Site.