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Embalmed body of Kim Jong-il to be released for public view

All Headlines 12:00 September 19, 2012

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- The embalmed body of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il will likely be displayed for public view in the Kim family mausoleum in Pyongyang early next year, the Web site of a North Korean travel agency showed Wednesday.

The North Korean travel agency Juche Travel Services has recently released a timetable for its 2013 travel programs on its Web site, which showed a packaged six-day tour schedule for February, including a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

The preserved and embalmed body of the North Korean national founder Kim Il-sung, who died on July 8, 1994, is laid in the mausoleum, a travel site frequented by foreign travelers.

The public visit to the palace has been prohibited since the country began the preserving process for the body of late leader Kim Jong-il, who died last December, although the new leader and Kim's youngest son Kim Jong-un has been reported to have visited there.

The North announced in April its plan to lay the mummified body of Kim Jong-il in the family mausoleum.

The travel agency's March-April program also includes visits to the family mausoleum, a hint that the country may completely reopen the mausoleum for public view.

After founder Kim's death in 1994, the country allowed foreign diplomats in the North to view his embalmed body the following year before completely opening it to the general public in 1996.


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