Pyongyang (/ˈpjɒŋˈjæŋ/; (Chosŏn'gŭl:평양;hancha:平壤), Korean pronunciation:[pʰjʌŋjaŋ], literally: "Flat Land" or "Peaceful Land", approved: P’yŏngyang; several variants) is the capital of North Korea and the largest city in the country. Pyongyang is located on the Taedong River and, according to preliminary results from the 2008 population census, has a population of 3,255,388. The city was split from the South Pyongan province in 1946. It is administered as a directly governed city (chikhalsi, 직할시) on the same level as provincial governments, not a special city (teukbyeolsi, 특별시) as Seoul in South Korea.
"Pyongyang" literally means "Flat Land" in Korean. One of Pyongyang's many historic names is Ryugyong (류경; 柳京), or "capital of willows", as willow trees have always been numerous throughout the city's history; this served as an inspiration for many poems. Even today, the city has numerous willow trees, with many buildings and places having "Ryugyŏng" in their names. The most notable of these is the incomplete Ryugyong Hotel. The city's other historic names include Kisong, Hwangsong, Rakrang, Sŏgyong, Sodo, Hogyong, Changan, and Heijo (during Japanese rule in Korea). During the early 20th century, Pyongyang came to be known among missionaries as being the "Jerusalem of the East", due to its historical status as a stronghold of Christianity, namely Protestantism.
Pyongyang restaurants are found mainly in China near the North Korean border and also Beijing and Shanghai, but in the 2000s the chain has been expanding into South East Asian cities including Jakarta,Phnom Penh,Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Siem Reap, Dhaka,Vientiane and Kuala Lumpur. There is also one restaurant in Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. The restaurants initially catered to the many South Korean businessmen in South East Asia, and have now become popular with curious tourists. A branch was opened in Amsterdam in 2012 along with Dutch co-owners, closed 7 months later, and reopened in December 2013 under the name Haedanghwa in a new location, which closed a year later. The chain used to have branches in Bangkok and Pattaya but these have closed down and back opened in Bangkok in 2015. It was believed that a new branch was set to open in Scotland, in line with Kim Jong Un's interest in the country after its recent independence referendum, although this has been denied by North Korean officials.
Pyongyang documents Delisle's experiences in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where he stayed for two months. Acting as the liaison between a French animation producing company (Protecrea working for TF1) and the SEK Studio (Scientific Educational Korea) company, he struggles with the difficulties of outsourcing and the bureaucracy of the totalitarian closed state.
The book has 176 pages, two of them drawn by a French colleague ("Fabrice").
An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017 ... “In terms of lives lost, people injured, and economic losses,” says the report, “a North Korean cyberattack could potentially cause between zero and thousands of deaths.”.
China has apparently failed to live up to the gentlemen's agreement it made with the United States. Beijing has had no success in constraining Pyongyang from military provocations since. Pyongyang has carried out uncountable numbers of conventional military provocations and terrorism against Seoul.
2. AP-Yonhap. Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed U.N ... "However, that does not mean that we should not try," she said, adding that she hoped Pyongyang would reconsider and engage with her. "We should not give up on engagement with the DPRK because what is at stake are the lives of the North Korean people and their human rights," she added ... .
Last week, South Korea and the US commenced several huge, live-fire military exercises for the first time in several years in a clear signal to Pyongyang... Pyongyang continues on a record pace with major missile tests — more than 30 and rising, more than in any other year.
The despot’s homes are in his luxurious Ch’angkwangsan Compound in the heart of Pyongyang (Picture... The huge complex shielding Jong Un from the lives led by millions of people outside its walls (Picture ... Also nearby is Pyongyang’s restaurant row, in contrast to the difficult lives being led outside the compound.
My father was a senior-level government officer for the North Korean regime, and his loyal commitment to the nation and the leader allowed our family to live in the capital Pyongyang, a privilege as North Koreans... "Our country is the envy of the world!" Yes, I was living in a bubble.
The drills underscore Washington and Seoul’s commitment to restore large-scale training after they canceled some of their regular drills and downsized others to computer simulations in recent years to create space for diplomacy with Pyongyang and because of COVID-19 concerns.
North Korean defectors and activists in the South had for decades sent balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets to the North, alongside food, medicine, money and other items ... Pyongyang's declaration of victory over Covid comes despite no known vaccine programme.
But "North Korea's coronavirus fatality figure of 74 is nonsensically low," he said, adding that the death count is likely to be underrepresented in official figures given Pyongyang's lack of diagnostic capacity ... North Korea needs to show its dominance over COVID after the virus hit Pyongyang, where the country's elite live, experts say.
North Korean defectors and activists in the South had for decades sent balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets to the North, alongside food, medicine, money and other items ... Pyongyang’s declaration of victory over COVID comes despite no known vaccine program.