Kang Pan-sok was born on April 21, 1892 in a Presbyterian family. Here father was a Protestant minister. She married Kim Hyong-jik in 1908 and gave birth to her first son, Kim Song-ju (Kim Il-sung) in 1912. Like most Koreans, Kang Pan-sok and Kim Hyong-jik resented Japanese occupation and even participated in the anti-Japanese national liberation movement.
In North Korea, Kang Pan-sok is referred to as the “Great Mother of Korea” or simply “Mother of Korea”. Although she shares both titles with Kim Jong-suk, the mother of Kim Jong-il, it was Kang Pan-sok who was the first member of Kim Il-sung’s family to develop a cult of personality of her own. It happened in the early 1960s, about three decades after her death.
Kang Pan-sok’s birthday is an official memorial day in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Although it’s a working day, special ceremonies are held to honor the memory of Kang Pan-sok. A wreath-laying ceremony takes place at Chilgol Revolutionary Site in Pyongyang.Remind me with Google Calendar
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