North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed the chief architect of the new International Pyongyang Airport.
Kim Jung Un was recently pictured touring the building with his wife last week, but according to reports, the architect was executed because Kim didn’t like the design.
The project is the country’s latest bid to appeal to potential tourists since Kim ascended to power in North Korea three years ago and features a jewellery store, coffee bar, a pharmacy, a chocolate fountain and other luxury amenities.
Until his disappearance last year, the architect, Ma Won Chun, was North Korea’s director of the Designing Department of the National Defence Commission. His execution was confirmed when he was noticeably absent from the press photos.
Chun was the chief architect behind North Korea’s biggest government projects when he, along with five other high-level officials, were reportedly killed during one of Kim’s purges.
An Asian news outlet reports that Ma was executed in November 2014 for “corrupt practices and failure to follow orders”. It says,
His death coincided with a report explaining that airport renovations were being suspended because of Kim’s dissatisfaction. Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to bear in mind the party’s idea of architectural beauty that is the life and soul and core in architecture to preserve the character and national identity.