Kim Jong-un’s siblings, aunt have already visited S’pore for fun
Most famously, Kim Jong-nam fled here to escape North Korean spies.
Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will be making his maiden trip to Singapore for the historic June 12, 2018 US-North Korea summit.
This would also be the first time a ruling leader of North Korea sets foot in Singapore.
Singapore is not an unfamiliar destination for the elusive dynastic Kims of North Korea though.
Destination for entertainment and medical treatment
Kim Kyong-hui, the sister of the late former Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, reportedly visited Singapore for medical treatment in September 2012.
Apart from Kim Jong-un and his younger half-sister Kim Sol-song, all of Kim-Jong-un’s siblings have been spotted in Singapore at different times.
The world first allegedly spotted Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong at, of all places, a 2011 Eric Clapton concert in Singapore.
She was accompanied by another brother Kim Jong-chol.
Refuge for exiled brother
In 2012, the late Kim Jong-nam, half brother of Kim Jong-un, fled to Singapore after his home in Macau was exposed to the media and North Korean spies.
He also chose Singapore as it was convenient for him to travel to Europe where his son was studying.
Kim Jong-nam was an outspoken critic of the regime run by his half-brother and feared for his life when the latter took over as Supreme Leader.
According to sources that The Straits Times spoke to, the exiled Kim was spotted at Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands, and Tanjong Pagar over the years from 2012.
One particular source claimed that her friend saw him at an unnamed Tanjong Pagar Korean barbecue restaurant twice in 2014.
Nightlife attractive in Singapore
Kim Jong-nam was apparently fond of the nightlife here.
ST reported that he “liked” the Facebook page of Kimidori Japanese Girls Bar in Orchard Plaza.
Sources that The New Paper spoke to also said that he was a frequent patron of pubs and clubs in Kuala Lumpur, where he allegedly brought his Singaporean girlfriend.
Kim Jong-nam was assassinated in February 2017 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by two agents who are believed to be working for the North Korean government.
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