|Pyongyang Directly Govrened Ceety|
|• McCune-Reischauer||P'yŏngyang Chikhalsi|
|• Revised Romanization||Pyeongyang Jikhalsi|
Cairt o North Korea wi Pyongyang heichlichtit
|• Chairman o Pyongyang Municipal Fowk's Committee||Ryang Man Kil|
|• Total||3194 km2 (1,233 sq mi)|
|Elevation||27 m (89 ft)|
Ane o its mony historic names is Ryugyŏng (류경; 柳京), or "caipital o willaes", as willae trees hae aaways been numerous throughoot the ceety's history, an mony poems hae been written aboot thir willaes. Even the day, Pyongyang haes numerous willae trees, wi mony buildings an places haein "Ryugyŏng" in thair names. The maist notable o thir is the uncompleted Ryugyŏng Hotel.
Its ither historic names include Kisŏng, Hwangsŏng, Rakrang, Sŏgyŏng, Sŏdo, Hogyŏng, an Changan. Durin the Japanese rule it wis kent as Heijō, which is simply the Japanese readin o the Cheenese characters 平壌 which comprise the name Pyongyang.
- Lankov, Andrei (16 Mairch 2005). "North Korea's missionary position". Asia Times Online. Asia Times Online Ltd. Retrieved 25 Januar 2013.
By the early 1940s Pyongyang was by far the most Protestant of all major cities of Korea, with some 25-30% of its adult population being church-going Christians. In missionary circles this earned the city the nickname "Jerusalem of the East".
- Caryl, Christian (15 September 2007). "Prayer In Pyongyang". The Daily Beast. The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC. Archived frae the original on 16 Februar 2013. Retrieved 25 Januar 2013.
It's hard to say how many covert Christians the North has; estimates range from the low tens of thousands to 100,000. Christianity came to the peninsula in the late 19th century. Pyongyang, in fact, was once known as the "Jerusalem of the East."
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