JapanTimes: SEOUL – North Korea has closed a multimillion dollar model village in Pyongyang because it reminds leader Kim Jong Un of his executed uncle, media reports said Tuesday. Jang Song Thaek managed the project.
Pyongyang Folk Village, which features miniature versions of the capital’s buildings, was completed in 2012, with Kim describing it as the brainchild of his late father Kim Jong Il.
Its construction was overseen by Jang, once the No. 2 most powerful man in North Korea who was convicted of treason and executed in late 2013.
Jang was described as a “traitor” to the nation and derided as “despicable human scum … worse than a dog” in the announcement of his death by the official KCNA news agency.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted sources as saying that Kim ordered “Mini Pyongyang” to be dismantled as it reminded him of Jang. MORE