The terminal was ordered built in July 2012 because the existing domestic terminal was seen as too run down compared to what countries around the world had. Last November much of the work was ordered torn down and redone because the project didn’t “reflect North Korea’s “Juche” (self-reliance) philosophy and national identity.” (The official in charge was purged.)
Now, the terminal is ‘absolute perfection’. It is expected to have a grand opening July 1.
Kim said the addition of an international restaurant, airport highway and subterranean parking garage in the last two months met his standards and that the new facilities were “absolute perfection.”
Three years from approval to completion is striking, even including change orders that had to be taken very seriously coming from the Dear Leader.
This speed of course is reflective of the “highly-civilized country” and their “whipping up the creative zeal…”
[Kim Jong Un] was very satisfied to see the terminal well built in harmony with modern aesthetic taste and national character.
He noted with pleasure that the gatepost of the airport was erected in such way as to sustain the national character and the front and back of the terminal are very nice.
The Dear Leader, who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have and Glorious General, Who Descended From Heaven should probably be put in charge of London Heathrow since the terminal 5 project there took 20 years.
However, it strikes me that the Ever-Victorious, Iron-Willed Commander looks somewhat like George H.W. Bush inspecting the latest supermarket scanners as he’s introduced to the facility.
It’s worth noting just how much freedom people have in Pyongyang. Those permitted to travel to the airport, and with enough resources to actually do so, do not have to go through a nude-o-scope.
The terminal features upscale dining and
non-consumerist retail consistent with communist principles shops.
(Photo credits: Korean Central News Agency)