The Pyongyang Students and Children’s Palace has many valuable memories recorded in its history.
Schoolchildren who developed their talents at the palace would give a New Year performance every year adding festivity to the celebrations.
At the performances held in the presence of President Kim Il Sung, they would sing and dance filling the magnificent palace with happiness and joy.
“With the New Year performance of cute children
Premier Kim Il Sung greets the New Year
Like rolling waves of the sea the children’s celebration goes
The Premier enjoys the holiday sailing that sea on a ship
As he enters the schoolchildren’s palace
The Premier smiles brightly lighting up the whole world,”
This is an excerpt from a poem written by a foreign journalist after seeing the New Year celebrations in the DPRK.
Those who cultivated their talents at the palace grew up to be praiseworthy pillars of the country.
Among them are People’s Merited Artistes loved by the people and famous sportspeople like People’s Athletes Pu Song Min and Pak Mi Hyang who are winners of Kim Il Sung Youth Honour Prize.
The extra-curricular educational base also produced such world-famous athletes as table-tennis player Ri Kun Sang and prestigious scientists including Kim Ho and Ro Jong Hyok who are PhDs in mathematics.
Many students and children are now developing their talents at the palace.
Hong Jun Hwi, student of Kumsong Middle School No. 2, who learnt to dance in the dance group of the palace during her primary school days has won great admiration of the audiences at New Year celebrations and other performances.
Yun Ye Hyon who also attended the dance group and is now a student of the same school as Hong can even dance while drawing sand pictures.
She cut a conspicuous figure at this year’s New Year performance of schoolchildren.
Kim Ryo Hyang, member of the singing group, cherishes a dream of becoming a People’s Artiste one day.
Many gifted young players are honing their skills in sports groups.
Kim Ji Hyon of the basketball group surprises people with his prematurely refined skills and several sports clubs are already showing great interest in him.
“The Pyongyang Students and Children’s Palace has nurtured the dreams and talents of many students at state expense over the past nearly sixty years since its establishment,” said Ri Kum Chol, director of the palace. “This is only possible in our country where the children are highly regarded as ‘kings’.”