There are a lot of monuments to see when you visit Pyongyang, but one of the most popular — and perhaps misunderstood — is the Monument to Party Foundation, which commemorates the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the leading party in the North Korean political system.
The monument consists of a hammer, sickle and a paintbrush: the official logo of the party. Why the paintbrush, and who are the WPK?
Heres everything you always needed to know about the Workers’ Party of Korea.
When was the Workers’ Party founded?
It was founded in 1949 following the merger of the Workers’ Party of North Korea and the Workers’ Party of South Korea. It has its roots in the older Communist Party of Korea, which no longer exists.
Who is the leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea?
The original leader of the WPK was Kim Il Sung, followed by Kim Jong-Il and its current leader, Marshal Kim Jong-Un.
Is the Workers’ Party of Korea the only political party in North Korea?
There are actually a few other political parties in North Korea. The WPK leads the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea, which consists of the Workers’ Party, the Korean Social Democratic Party, and the Chondoist Chongdu Party. Officially, though, the Workers’ Party is the leading party of government.
The comparable organization in the south of the country is the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front — the only South Korean agency to officially have an office in Pyongyang.
What is the ideology of the Workers’ Party of Korea?
Juche! You can learn more about Juche here but officially all mentions of Marxism-Leninism have been withdrawn from the constitution of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
What does the Monument to Party Foundation mean?
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