Mittwoch, 30. September 2020

Sunspot Observed in Period of Koguryo Kingdom

 Pyongyang, September 29 (KCNA) -- Among the cultural heritages of the Korean nation is an astronomical and meteorological observation technology created in the period of Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668). People of Koguryo Kingdom had regularly observed the astronomical and meteorological phenomena at Chomsongdae in the Walled City of Pyongyang. At that time, there was an office specializing in the observation of celestial sphere like the sun. Through the astronomical observation, they made the astronomical chart carved on a stone in the late 5th century-early 6th century.Recorded on the Koguryo part of "Samguksagi" (Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms), edited in 1145, are articles on the solar eclipse and comets. Noticeable of them is an article that the sunspot was observed in 640, which says that sunlight disappeared for three days and appeared again in September. This historical record goes to prove that the Korean nation observed the sunspot nearly 1 000 years earlier than the Europeans. -0-

Dienstag, 29. September 2020

"Complete Collection of Kim Jong Il's Works" Vol. 32 Published

 Pyongyang, September 28 (KCNA) -- The Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House brought out "Complete Collection of Kim Jong Il's Works" vol. 32 carrying Chairman Kim Jong Il's works in chronological order and in systematic and comprehensive way. Carried in it are 82 works including talks, speeches and letters released by Kim Jong Il in the period from January to December Juche 69 (1980). Those works comprehensively deal with the ideas and theories indicating the path of the struggle for further strengthening the Party in conformity with a new requirement of the developing revolution, effecting a great upsurge in the revolution and construction and greeting the 6th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea with laudable labor feats. "Supporting the Great Leader Well Is Our Noble Duty", "Let Us Learn from the Faithfulness Cherished by the Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Forerunners" and other works deal with the ideas of modeling after the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters to bear in mind the loyalty to President Kim Il Sung as the revolutionary faith and obligation, so as to hold the President in high esteem and protect and secure the President's authority in every way. "The People's Army Should Vigorously and Continuously Push Ahead with the Work of Establishing the Party's Leadership System" and other works clarify the tasks for strengthening the People's Army into an invincible rank that is boundlessly loyal to the leadership of the Party and fight for the President at the risk of their lives. The collection also carries the works giving perfect answers to theoretical and practical issues arising in the socialist construction, including the issue of intensifying the scientific and educational work as required by the developing reality, the issue of further improving the people's standard of living, the issue of improving the social and cultural life and the issue of imbuing the Party members and working people with great national pride and revolutionary self-confidence. -0-

Fermented Soybean, Traditional Dish of Korean Nation

Pyongyang, September 28 (KCNA) -- From long ago, Koreans have used fermented soybean good for health in their dietary life. Traditionally, they made the fermented soybean in the method of boiling beans and putting them into a certain rice straw-contained vessel for three days. Foodstuff factories in the DPRK are now producing fermented soybean on an industrial basis and its kinds are diversified. This food contains ingredients for raising immunity and controlling the increase of cancer cells, antioxidant and physiological activators. So, it is good for the treatment of diseases like troubles of blood vessel, diabetes, bone loss and anemia. Recently, household machine for producing fermented soybean was developed and juice, flour and other fermented soybean goods were produced, contributing to the improvement of people's diet and the promotion of their health. -0-


National Classic "Mu Ye Do Bo Tong Ji"

 Pyongyang, September 28 (KCNA) -- "Mu Ye Do Bo Tong Ji", published in 1790 as a comprehensive illustrated manual of Korean martial arts, is a national classic showing the history of superior orthodox martial arts of the Korean nation. It was registered to the memory of the UNESCO World Regional Register for Asia-Pacific in May Juche 105 (2016) and to the memory of the World Register by UNESCO in October next year. During Japan's colonial rule over Korea, this book was taken away by the Japanese imperialists, together with other valuable books like "Chronicles of the Feudal Joson Dynasty".  Only one copy of it has been preserved at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang. According to an official of the study house, it was donated in October 1952. President Kim Il Sung attended a meeting of scientists in April 1952 when the Fatherland Liberation War was at its height and gave precious instructions on collecting the historical documents, books and remains on a nationwide scale and putting them in order. And he took measures to collect national classics by dispatching the relevant officials to various parts of the country. As a result, the manual discovered in the area of Phyongan Province in 1952 was donated to the then National Central Library. When the feature film "Pyongyang Nalpharam" was produced, Chairman Kim Jong Il gave an instruction on collecting national classics at home and abroad and storing them at the Grand People's Study House. "Mu Ye Do Bo Tong Ji" is of weighty significance in studying the root and history of Taekwon-Do and further developing the traditional martial arts created by the Korean nation. -0-

Freitag, 25. September 2020

Grass Handicraft with Long History

Pyongyang, September 25 (KCNA) -- Korea has a long history of grass handicraft. From olden times, its people have made daily necessaries with different kinds of vegetable materials. At the beginning they made only baskets or mesh bags with dried grass or bark, and this handicraft was gradually developed into one of the national industrial arts reflecting aesthetic feelings and vital needs. In the Middle Age, fine workmanship and beautiful color patterns were created and grass works depicting human life and natural scenery were made to enhance the artistic value. In Koryo period (918-1392), sedge mats and cushions with various patterns like ten long-living animals and things enjoyed great popularity. In the period of the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910), mats with flower patterns were chosen as one of the special products of Korea, which came to be known as a world-famous mat producer. Grass handicraft is now being further developed in keeping with the emotion and aesthetic sense of the Korean people. Grass-work factories and cooperatives in the DPRK have turned out cushion, bag, hat, shoes and other products with sedge, corn shuck, etc. Their products won a high appreciation at international and national exhibitions of commodities. -0-