| Kim Jong-il |
|Date(s)||February 16, 1941 - December 17, 2011|
|Site||Kumsusan Palace of the Sun|
|Location||Pyongyang, North Korea|
Kim Jong-il was born in Vyatskoye, Russia under the former Soviet Union. He took over as the leader of North Korea after his father, Kim Il-sung, passed away in 1994. He was the leader until his own death in 2011. He was succeeded by his son, Kim Jung-un. He had 5 children, Kim Jong-nam, Kim Sul-song, Kim Jong-chul, Kim Jong-un, and Kim Yo-jong ("Kim Jong-il", 2017).
The Kumsusan Assembly Hall served as Kim Il-sung's official residence when he was alive. Following Kim Il-sung's death, Kim Jong-il had the building renovated and transformed into his father's mausoleum ("Kumsusan Palace of the Sun", 2017). Kim Il-sung's body lies in the palace and is preserved and available for view by the public. After Kim Jong-il's death, he was given a similar room to his father and is also preserved for display to the public. Starting on January 12th, 2012, the North Korean government confirmed that Kim Jong-il's preserved remains would be put on permanent display at the palace ("Kumsusan Palace of the Sun," 2017).
Kim Jong-il attended Primary School No. 4 and Middle School No. 1 (Namsan Higher Middle School) in Pyongyang ("Kim Jong-il," 2017). He was always involved in politics as a child and as a result, he was an active member of the Korean Children's Union and the Democratic Youth League.
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. (2017, October 06). Retrieved November 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumsusan_Palace_of_the_Sun
Kim Jong-il. (2017, November 18). Retrieved November 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong-il