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").
The journey is shown via nine different themes, from a Sunday stroll in MoranbongCity Park in Pyongyang and visits to the Mansudae ArtFactory and a middle school, to Masikryong Ski Resort and a collective farm in Chonsam, as well as the highlights of the mountains of Paektu, Geumgang and Halla.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (center L) watch a joint art performance to celebrate the "Day of the Sun" in Pyongyang on April 15, 2021 ... On Thursday, Kim, along with his wife Ri Sol Ju, watched a joint art ...
Seoul.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju, has been shown by state media appearing in public for the first time in more than a year, joining her husband at a concert on one of the country's biggest holidays ... Ri and Kim smiled as they watched the concert at Mansudae ArtTheatre in the capital of Pyongyang ... .
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Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju at a performance to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Il at the Mansudae ArtTheatre in Pyongyang... Ri and Kim smiled as they watched the concert at Mansudae Art Theatre in the capital of Pyongyang, surrounded by elderly men.
Ri and Kim smiled as they watched the concert at Mansudae ArtTheatre in the capital of Pyongyang. PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 07.18 AM IST... The NIS believes Ri and Kim have three children. Little is publicly known about the trio ... Ri and Kim smiled as they watched the concert at Mansudae Art Theatre in the capital of Pyongyang ... ....
Ri Sol-ju was last seen in January last year when she attended a concert celebrating Lunar New Year's Day at the SamjiyonTheater in Pyongyang with leader Kim. On Tuesday, Kim and Ri watched the performance at Mansudae Art Theater commemorating the birthday of the late leader, ...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's wife made a first public appearance in over a year after speculation her absence could be coronavirus-related or because of a pregnancy ... The couple smiled broadly and applauded the performers at the Mansudae ArtTheater in Pyongyang ... .
SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju, appeared in state media for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday, joining her husband at a concert on one of the country's biggest holidays ... Ri and Kim smiled as they watched the concert at Mansudae ArtTheatre in the capital of Pyongyang ... .