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AP- A towering bronze statue of Kim Il Sung, his arm outstretched, lords over the capital city from atop Mansu Hill. In the days since Kim Jong Il’s death, mourners have been streaming to the hill to lay flowers at the statue as they typically do for the leaders’ birthdays and other major occasions. Kim [...]

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MOUNT KUMGANG, North Korea – Autumn has always been the most cherished season in Korea, a time to harvest and to hike, to store up food and enjoy the last days of warmth before the peninsula’s notoriously brutal winters. Even in the impoverished North, families find time to gather, around a mountain campfire or in [...]

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Kim Jong Il Looking At Things is a single topic blog dedicated to archiving and curating official photographs of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il visiting various facilities for regular inspection.

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The Tumblr blog Kim Jong Il Looking At Things was launched on October 6th, 2010. All of the original photographs were taken and published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s propaganda wing mainly used to promote Kim Jong Il’s public image and the state’s official Juche ideology.


The very first Reddit thread about the Tumblr surfaced on Oct. 28th, 2010. It received dozens of upvotes, but the viral thread didn’t get posted until Dec. 2nd, 2010. Another viral thread was posted on Dec. 3rd at

Soon, the mainstream media picked up on the hilarious scrapbook blog, including MSNBC, Washington Post and NPR. On the web, the link to Tumblr spread rapidly through news sites and internet humor blogs like Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Laughing Squid, Funny Or Die and CurrentTV.

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