Kim Jong-un Imitates Father's Handwriting

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apparently practiced since childhood to emulate his father Kim Jong-il's handwriting.

An article in the latest edition of the North Korean monthly magazine Chosun Art said Kim Jong-un put a lot of effort since learning how to write into copying his father's style, which is referred to in the North as the "Baekdu style."

Baekdu is code for the descendants of nation founder Kim Il-sung, named after the iconic mountain falsely claimed as his birthplace.

Kim Jon-ils handwriting (left) and Kim Jong-uns Kim Jon-il's handwriting (left) and Kim Jong-un's

The article claims that Kim Jong-il commented on how similar his son's handwriting was to his own.

The elder Kim's handwriting is revered in North Korea as the pinnacle of penmanship, and Kim Jong-un's attempt to copy it is viewed as part of his attempts to secure legitimacy for his rule.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 25, 2014 11:21 KST