Indonesian batik arranged with Kimilsungia flowers which is being exhibited in the Kimilsungia Flower Festival in Pyongyang marked once again the beauty and the uniqueness of the cultural relations between Indonesia and North Korea. In the 14th Kimilsungia Flower Festival in Pyongyang on 13-20 April 2012, the Indonesian Embassy in Pyongyang took part by having a stand displaying the beauty of creases of batik cloths with balinese pattern which are combined in between Kimilsungia flower arrangement. The Kimilsungia flower exhibition this year has a special meaning because it is held in the course of the commemoration of the centenary anniversary of the late President Kim Il Sung, the founding father of the country.
The participation of Indonesia in the 14th Kimilsungia flower festival is also represented by the attendance of the Indonesian delegation headed by I Gusti Putu Laksaguna from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy who visited Pyongyang on the invitation by North Korea. The participation of Indonesia constitutes the implementation of the agreement on the cultural exchange program which was signed by the Government of the countries in 2010. In the opening ceremony on 13 April 2012, the Head of the Indonesian delegation stated his confidence that the organization of the Kimilsungia flower exhibition can provide space for the young generation of the two nations to continue maintaining the good relations having been fostered thus far. Also present as distinguished guests are Ratna Sari Dewi Soekarno in her capacity as honorary chair of the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Committee and the Indonesian Ambassador to North Korea Nasri Gustaman.
Kimilsungia flower has a special and unique affinity in the Indonesia-North Korea bilateral relations. The flower was the result of the propagation by Indonesia of a certain type of orchid flower which was originated from Bogor Botanical Garden. The name-giving to become Kimilsungia flower was part of a series of program of the state visit by President Kim Il Sung to Indonesia in April 1965.
Pyongyang, 13 April 2012