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").
North Korea will convene a meeting of its rubber-stamp legislature in Pyongyang next month to discuss adopting laws on youth education and modifications to the national economic plan, state media said Thursday. The standing committee of the Supreme People's Assembly met in Pyongyang on Tuesday and decided to convene an SPA session on Sept.
The PPP has criticized the government for doing everything that Kim Yo-jong has demanded, including establishing a law to ban anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaigns late last year after she slammed the campaigns and the North blew up the inter-Korean joint liaison office in Gaeseong in protest.
North Korea had unilaterally severed all its cross-border communication channels with the South in June 2020 to protest anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets sent by activist groups in South Korea...Seoul, Pyongyang restore cross-border communication lines ... Pyongyang has stayed away from denuclearization talks with Washington since early 2019.
special rapporteurs that a new law that bans the launching of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets across the inter-Korean border could restrict freedom of expression, documents show ... special rapporteurs that a new law that bans the launching of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets ...
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He called on the Moon administration to halt its campaign to phase out South Korea's use of nuclear energy in order to faithfully carry out the summit agreement, and to abolish a law on banning the sending of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets across the border.
president ... In what critics called an effort to improve relations with the North, Moon's government this year introduced a law banning defectors and activists from launching anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the reclusive country ... Pyongyang has long denounced the practice, and urged Moon to stop it or face the “worst phase” of relations ... Our Standards.
president ... In what critics called an effort to improve relations with the North, Moon’s government this year introduced a law banning defectors and activists from launching anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the reclusive country ... Pyongyang has long denounced the practice, and urged Moon to stop it or face the “worst phase” of relations ... .
lawmakers and human rights advocates are denouncing South Korea's new law of banning activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets and other materials into North Korea... lawmakers are criticizing the law for supposedly violating freedom of speech.
Regarding the current stalemate, Moon said he believes Pyongyang is not refusing to engage in talks, and that the Kim Jong-un regime will make a last-minute decision because the new U.S ... lawmakers and international human rights groups that stated the law banning the anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaigns limited South Korea's freedom of speech.
South Korean police have raided the office of an activist who said he had floated hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets towards North Korea by balloon in defiance of a new law. Propaganda leaflets have emerged as a new source of animosity between the two countries, with Pyongyang calling it a provocation and threatening to retaliate.
SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korean police raided on Thursday (May 6) the office of an anti-North Korea activist group that said it had released balloons into the North last week carrying dollar bills and leaflets denouncing the government in Pyongyang.