A cake was cut and flower bouquets were placed near the picture of Kim Jong IL
by the important guests.
The site is the resting place of Kim Jong Il
and North Korea founder Kim Il Sung.
Seoul officials have said Pyongyang also banned the use of the names of Kim Jong Il
and the country's founder, Kim Il Sung.
Many people in Pyongyang also visited Mansu Hill and laid flowers before the bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
, the current leader's predecessor and father who died in December 2011.
At the outset of the service at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, Kim Jong Un and other participants bowed their heads to a large portrait of a smiling Kim Jong Il
set up on the stage and offered a moment of silence.
The missile launch is believed to have been a legacy of Kim Jong Il
, who fervently believed that the survival of North Korea required it to develop nuclear and biochemical weapons.
A moment of silence during a service for late leader Kim Jong Il
North Korea''s next leader Kim Jong Un, 2nd left, and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, centre, attend a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
The black limousine carrying the casket, covered in white chrysanthemums, the flower used for mourning in both Koreas was carried slowly through the streets behind a giant portrait of Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong Il
was a cruel caricature of a dictator, but he was skilled at exploiting his country's few advantages.
Kim Jong Il
, 68, has reportedly been struggling with a limp since he suffered a stroke in 2008 and Kim Jong Un, the youngest of his three sons, has been tipped to replace him in Pyongyang.
But when Kim Jong Il
refused to allow inspectors access to his facilities, President Bush simply ignored even these minimal demands of the law and sent the $95 million anyway.
It's a daily ritual at West Hills Presbyterian Church, one of thousands of Korean-American churches across the country that have taken up the cause of North Koreans suffering under the regime of Kim Jong Il