Thousands of North Koreans took part in a ritual of paying respects to their former leader Kim Jong Il, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of his death, according to a report by AP Television.
Crowds climbed Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang on Friday night (Dec 16) to lay flowers and bow to giant statues of Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung.
North Korean state media officially announced the death of Kim Jong Il on Dec 19, 2011, when they said that he died two days earlier from a heart attack while traveling on a train inside the country.
A giant bronze statue of Kim Jong Il was put up in early 2012 on top of Mansu Hill, next to the giant statue of Kim Il Sung.
Kim Jong Il's body was embalmed and is still on display at a giant palace on the outskirts of Pyongyang, where Kim Il Sung's body is also preserved.