Kim Jong-il
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Kim Jong-il
Age 70
Sex male
Status Married
Date(s) February 16, 1941 - December 17, 2011
Site Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
Current Location
Location Pyongyang, North Korea
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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.


Additional Info

External Links


Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. (2017, October 06). Retrieved November 19, 2017, from

Kim Jong-il. (2017, November 18). Retrieved November 19, 2017, from

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