Idealised portraits of Kim's grandfather and father -- the North's founder Kim Il Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong Il -- are ubiquitous throughout the country.
They look down from the walls of every home, office and classroom, and the two men are displayed in every village, town and city -- often in the form of mosaics, sometimes statues.
But while the current leader's daily activities and photographs of him are the mainstay of state media -- the only media authorised in the North -- in wider society he is not portrayed in the same omnipresent way, and no statue of him is so far known to exist.
When Kim met him at Pyongyang International Airport separate giant portraits of the two men hung on the outside of the building, pictures showed.
Smiling broadly and with his face gleaming, Kim wore half-framed glasses and a black Western-style suit with a spotted tie.
Footage on the official Korean Central Television has previously shown a painting of Kim displayed inside the Workers' Party headquarters alongside a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit by a senior delegation from Beijing in April.
But Cho said the public display indicated Kim appeared to be entering a "second term" of his leadership, which would concentrate on strengthening his political authority and charisma.
"The second term will focus on solidifying Kim Jong Un's personal cult and the portrait can be seen in line with such moves," he added.
Kim is the third member of the family to rule the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the country is officially known, and inherited power in 2011 when he was still in his 20s.
At the time he was considered untested, vulnerable and likely to be manipulated by senior figures but he has established his authority at home through the ruthless purging of potential rivals.
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