North Korea Opens New Airport, After ‘Executing’ its Architect 8 Months Ago?

kim-jong-unNorth Korea’s has opened its sleeky new airport in Pyongyang recently but reports have emerged that its architect was executed last year because the maverick ruler Kim Jong Un was not happy with the design.

Ma Won Chun, North Korea’s director of the Designing Department of the National Defense Commission, disappeared last year, and he was reportedly killed last year along with five other members of his team. Ma was executed in November 2014 “for corrupt practices and failure to follow orders,” according to a Diplomat, who revealed it recently to a news outlet.

Otherwise, nearly 30 photos have been flashed by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday with Kim Jong Un and his wife touring a two story international terminal in Pyongyang’s airport, in a bid to attract potential tourists since Kim ascended to power in North Korea three years ago.


It featured a jewelry store, coffee bar, a pharmacy, a chocolate fountain and other luxury amenities and it is scheduled to open on July 1, reported the Los Angeles Times reported. The only flights which will land are from China and Russia.

Kim Jong-un reportedly recalled that his father Kim Jong Il instructed to build well the Pyongyang International Airport several times till the last moments of his life, and his instruction was implemented at last. “I feel deep remorse at the failure to show Kim Jong Il this wonderful terminal”, he said, adding:”The leader would have been very glad to hear that the airport was built wonderfully like this by our own efforts. His smiling image is vivid before my eyes.”

The airport construction was reportedly suspended briefly after the execution of Chun. “Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to bear in mind the party’s idea of architectural beauty that is the life and soul and core in architecture to preserve the Juche character and national identity,” said the diplomat, according to NKNews’ transcript.

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