29 December 2011
Last updated at 17:35
Up to a million people gathered in Pyongyang's central Kim Il-sung Square, standing in meticulous rank and file, to observe the end of an official period of mourning for their late leader, Kim Jong-il.
Leading dignitaries of the communist state read out emotionally-charged eulogies, overseen by Mr Kim's son and and successor, Kim Jong-un (second from right).
North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam (right), declared Kim Jong-un to be the country's "supreme leader", saying he shared his father's "ideology, character and revolutionary" cause.
The tributes were followed by a three-minute silence - the vast crowds stood with their heads bowed deeply. Trains, boats and other vehicles blasted their horns to end the silence.
Footage from Pyongyang showed people of all ages observing the silence.
Pictures distributed by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency appeared to show workers across the country pausing to pay homage to the late leader.
The ceremonies bring to a close two days of official mourning for Kim Jong-il, who ruled over North Korea's citizens with absolute power until his death from a heart attack on 17 December.
On Wednesday, Kim Jong-il's coffin was driven through the streets of Pyongyang, which were lined with tens of thousands of troops.
There were extraordinary scenes as Kim Jong-il's hearse travelled through the capital - North Koreans wailed in a public display of grief amid heavy snowfall.
Kim Jong-un - the late leader's third son, who is thought to be in his late 20s and has little political experience - was in the process of being groomed for leadership when his father died, but the process was not complete.
The late leader's body had lain in state for 11 days, during which the new leader reportedly made at least five visits to the begonia-bedecked bier in Pyongyang's Kumsusan Memorial Palace.