There are many historical relics associated with the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle of the great leader President Kim Il Sung in Ryanggang Province in the northern border area of the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea.
A monument is standing in the province, which was built in commemoration of the victory in the battles of the Musan area organized and commanded by President Kim Il Sung in May Juche 28 or 1939. In those days the Musan area witnessed battles around Taehongdan, Sinsadong, Singaechok and the Tuji Rock. The biggest of them was the battle in Taehongdan.
The battles in the Musan area fought under the superb command of the great Kim Il Sung were the historic ones that showed the invincible might of the Korean People´s Revolutionary Army. The Korean people erected the monument in the 1970s in commemoration of the victory in the battles of the Musan area which gave a great fear to the Japanese imperialists and confidence in national liberation to the broad section of the people. The monument was rebuilt afterwards.
The monument consists of a bronze statue of the anti-Japanese legendary hero Kim Il Sung, a tower in the form of a rifle with a bayonet behind it, large sub-thematic relief group supporting it structurally and monument to the revolutionary exploits of President Kim Il Sung.
Kim Son Hui, lecturer of the Taehongdan Revolutionary Battle Site, has this to say:
“In March 2000 respected Kim Jong Il visited the Taehongdan Revolutionary Battle Site and gave instructions on rebuilding the monument on an expansion basis as required by the Songun era.”
Kim Jong Il said the bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung at the monument should represent the young General with a pair of binoculars in one hand and with the other hand raised to issue an order of attack. And he gave orientation and specific ways to rebuild the monument.
The lecturer continues:
“On October 8, 2002, Kim Jong Il visited the rebuilt monument. He first saw the bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung. He said with great satisfaction that the bronze statue of the President on the Taehongdan Plain was sculptured very well and added that as the statue is bright, it is really nice-looking. That day he looked round the tower body and relief group, too.”
Looking round the rifle-shaped tower with the relief letters “Monument to the Victorious Battle of the Musan Area”, Kim Jong Il highly praised it as a masterpiece of the Songun era, saying the tower in the form of rifle is really nice-looking. The “Monument to the Victorious Battle of the Musan Area” will stand and shine forever as a witness of history telling generation after generation the proud chronicles of the Korean revolution which has emerged ever-victorious with Songun.