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Kim Il-sung Stadium is the name of a large multi-purpose stadium located in Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Kim Il-sung Stadium
Kim-Il-sung-Stadium-2014.jpg
Kim Il-sung Stadium from the west
Former namesKirimri Stadium
Moranbong Stadium
LocationPyongyang, North Korea
Coordinates39°2′37.4″N 125°45′27.7″E / 39.043722°N 125.757694°E / 39.043722; 125.757694
Capacity50,000
SurfaceArtificial turf, running tracks
Construction
Opened1926 (original)
1969 (current)
Renovated1982
Tenants
North Korea national football team
North Korea women's national football team
Pyongyang City Sports Club
Kigwancha Sports Club
Kim Il-sung Stadium
Chosŏn'gŭl
김일성경기장
Hancha
金日成競技場
Revised RomanizationGim Il-seong Gyeonggijang
McCune–ReischauerKim Il-sŏng Kyŏnggijang

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HistoryEdit

Kim Il-sung Stadium was originally built as the Girimri Stadium (기림리공설운동장) in 1926. This stadium held the annual Kyung-Pyong Football Match between Kyungsung FC and Pyongyang FC during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

On 14 October 1945,[1] it was the site of Kim Il-sung's victory speech after the liberation of Pyongyang,[2][1] called "Every Effort for the Building of a New Democratic Korea."[1]

After the division of Korea, it was used as a venue for speeches by politicians, and it was the site of Kim Il-sung's first speech after returning from exile on 14 October 1945. Most of the stadium was destroyed during the 1950-1953 Korean War, mostly by U.S. aerial bombing of the capital city during those years. Rebuilt in 1969, it was then called Moranbong Stadium, but in April 1982 it was renovated and renamed in honour of Kim Il-sung. It is used mainly for football matches, and hosted the mass games until the 1990s (now held in Rungnado May Day Stadium).

Present dayEdit

Today, the Kim Il-sung stadium is used as the home ground for the North Korea national football team, the North Korea women's national football team and the Pyongyang City Sports Club and Kigwancha Sports Club.

In 2008, on two occasions, a 2010 World Cup qualifying match between North and South Korea, due to be played in Pyongyang, had to be moved to Shanghai when authorities in the North refused to allow the South Korean national anthem to be played in Kim Il-sung Stadium, or the flag of South Korea to be flown, as North and South Korea have never granted each other formal diplomatic recognition.[3]

The start and finish of the annual Pyongyang Marathon occurs at Kim Il-sung Stadium.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dae-Sook Suh (1981). Korean communism, 1945–1980: a reference guide to the political system. University Press of Hawaii. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-8248-0740-5. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mintjens, Ronny (2013). A Journey through North Korea. Trafford Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-4907-0176-9.[self-published source]
  3. ^ "Clash of North and South Koreas ends all square", The Telegraph, 10 September 2008
  4. ^ Robert Willoughby: North Korea 2nd ed. Bradt Travel Guides, 2008

Further readingEdit

  • Kim Il Sung stadium. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. 1984. OCLC 86009737.

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