One day 11 years ago Yu Myong Hwa, who was appointed as manageress of the Chollima District Hotel in Nampho, stood for a long while in front of a photo of her father pasted on the big notice board in the compound of the Chollima Steel Complex.
Her father, Yu Hyon Gyu, was a Labor Hero and deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly.
Yu Hyon Gyu, who had earned his living by odd jobs in Japan, was taken into the embrace of the country in August 1960. Later, he became a Merited Smelter and Labour Hero.
Feeling proud of her father, Myong Hwa said she would become a smelter hero like her father in the future.
Looking with satisfaction at his daughter, her father used to say, “You should not necessarily be a smelter if you want to do something patriotic. You should become able to take pride in devoting yourself to society and the collective wherever you work and whatever you do. Such a person is just a patriot.”
That day, recollecting her father while seeing his photo, Myong Hwa made up her mind to work hard in the new workplace without forgetting the request of her father.
She renovated the internal and external of the hotel on a modern line and saw to it that its employees did their best in serving customers so that they could feel at home.
When honoured disabled soldiers stayed in the hotel as they came to the district for medical treatment, she provided them with free service and when they were to leave the hotel, she prepared meals for them to eat on the way.
One year, when a woman, who was staying in the hotel after her visit to her parents’ home, gave birth to a baby ahead of the expected dates, she frequented the relevant hospital to take maternal care of the woman.
In May, when nationwide measures were taken to block and isolate regions and units separately because of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, she sincerely prepared birthday spreads for the guests quarantined at the hotel, despite difficult conditions.
“I cannot forget the hotel’s kind service and its employees’ kindness,” “I have never dreamed of receiving a birthday spread at the hotel,” and “The sincerity of the hotel’s employees reminded me of my mother’s affection for me.” These are what the guests of the hotel wrote about their impressions.
“It is unthinkable apart from the efforts of the manageress who wants to live like her hero father that our hotel was favourably commented upon by the guests. She is wont to tell us we should work devotedly for others, with warm humanity,” says Jang Ok Suk, a hotel employee.