Kim Jong Il was born on Mt. Paektu; which was a base of the armed struggle that his father, Kim Il Sung, was leading against the Japanese military occupation. The day was February 16, 1942.
According to a study of the weather conditions in the Mt. Paektu area conducted by meteorologists and covering 100 years, there was something mysterious about the weather that day, as if it was a wonder from heaven.
According to the survey, the temperature was usually around 40°C below zero in mid-February accompanied by violent snow-storms in the Mt. Paektu area, the highest region in Korea.
February 15 that year was no exception.
However, the northwesterly wind gradually abated that night and by dawn had become a gentle breeze. And the temperature rose from 29°C below zero to 18°C below zero.
The sun shone brightly and the air was fresh
It was as if heaven was blessing the birth of Kim Jong Il.
42 and Mt. Paektu
Mt. Paektu is located at 42 degrees North Latitude.
Kim Jong Il was born in 1942.
There are too many signiﬁcant facts associated with the mountain to say they are coincidental
Since time immemorial the perennially snow-capped mountain which, at 2,750 metres, is the highest mountain in Korea, has been regarded as the sacred mountain of the Korea nation. At the time of Kim Jong Il’s birth the Headquarters of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army under the command of Kim Il Sung, which was waging an armed struggle to liberate Korea from the Japanese military occupation (1905-1945), was situated on the mountain.
For Kim Jong Il as he grew up, the gunshots of the anti-Japanese war were his lullaby. The first image he became acquainted with was that of his mother in military uniform, and his childhood friends were battle-hardened guerrillas. For him, rugged Mt. Paektu was his garden.
A saying has it that a man resembles his birthplace; it’s true to say that Kim Jong Il resembled Mt. Paektu. The mountain fascinates people with its majestic appearance—the enormous lake at its summit and its chain of high peaks—and its mysterious natural phenomena, and these are symbolic of the traits and mettle of Kim Jong Il, who possesses a far-reaching ambition, outstanding perfect leadership ability.
The following happened when Kim Jong Il was once climbing Mt. Paektu.