From a lubricant factory, a baby house and an orphanage to a tire factory, Kim Jong Un has He made many sporadic visits to strange and extravagant sites in North Korea over the years.
Kim is often photographed with a massive smile and interacting with factory workers. Several officials also usually stay in the background taking notes, about something, during the visit, although the only details published about the trips come from KCNA. Visits are often described as "field orientation" by Kim and generally include compliments for the workers.
Sometimes, he was joined by his rarely seen wife, Ri Sol Ju, and his sister, Kim Yo Jong, looking at glass boxes of beauty products or standing behind the despot with a smile on their faces.
Here are some strange photos of Kim during his visits.
2013 to 2016: Kim in a food factory
Kim was photographed visiting food factories several times since he took office in 2011. He inspected cookies in the Foodstuff Factory No. 354 in 2013, while officials took notes behind of the. The leader visited Pyongyang Chidren & # 39; s Foodstuff Factory in 2014 with a large furry hat and a lab coat while holding a food package. Another visit in 2015 made him laugh in front of a packed food display case.
The leader's visit to Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons came after the facility went through a complete renovation, KCNA reported. The state news agency added Kim was "pleased" that the production was being produced on a "very intense basis."
August 2014: Kim at a lubricants factory
The leader smiled as he watched an unknown substance leave a machine and put it in a blue boat at the Chonji lubricant factory. Kim reportedly praised the factory employees for their work and thanked them for producing a product that North Korea previously imported. He called for "constantly improving the technical specifications" to improve "international competitiveness".
August 2014: Kim in stocking factory
Kim gave some "field guide" in Pyongyang the factory hosiery and was seen talking to the workers while they were Standing in front of a wall of colored socks. The North Korean despot made the visit because, according to reports, he was deeply "concerned" about "consumer goods for people's lives," Yonhap news agency reported.
"The production capacity of the factory is very large, he said, calling for operating all production processes at full capacity in order to meet the demands of hosiery people "KCNA said in his
2014 to 2015: Kim in Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage
Kim's first visit to the orphanage was in 2014, when the facility was under construction. Kim returned the following year to a new building filled with brightly colored furniture. He is seen laughing while playing with children and toys. Another photo showed a group of young children approaching Kim.
September 2017: Kim on a farm
Kim gave more "orientation on the ground" during a visit to Farm No. 1116, walking through a field of unfamiliar plants and then picking up a vegetable and inspecting the quality of it. He was also photographed marveling at the apples in an orchard.
October 2017: Kim in a footwear factory
Kim and his wife visited Ryuwon Footwear Factory in early October. This was the first time that his wife was seen in public in months. He watched a worker at a sewing machine and looked at the children's shoes. The photos were released with a scathing threat that called President Trump "a rabid man in the White House."
October 2017: Kim in a cosmetics factory
Kim visited the remodeled cosmetics factory in Pyongyang and was "very pleased" with the products, which aimed to make North Korean women "more beautiful".
"He said it felt good how the factory has been remodeled to be proud in the world so it would be impeccable in the distant future, too," KCNA said in a statement on Sunday.
Kim also discussed "important tasks" for the next phase of modernization of the factory. The details of the plans were not disclosed.
November 2017: Kumsong Tractor Factory
Kim had a little fun in a tractor factory in November while, once again, gave orientation on the ground, the KCNA said. The despot was even photographed in the driver's seat of the tractor with his hands on the steering wheel. A group of people was seen taking notes while Kim speaks to them.
December 2017: Kim in a tire and potato flour factory
Just three days after launching the ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim visited a factory and thanked the workers. making the tires for the vehicle that transported the missile. The workers built large tires for the 9-axle missile truck. Kim also called for efforts to increase production to "meet the daily growth needs of the country's economic development and strengthen national defense capabilities," KCNA said.
Kim in September commissioned the Amnokgang tire factory to manufacture the tires for the "big event in November," the agency reported.
The following week, the dictator was photographed in front of a mountain of potatoes during an "inspection" of a potato flour factory. Snow was also seen on the roofs of the building, while Kim, dressed in his black coat and hat, is surrounded by his officials.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.