Pyongyang is the capital and largest city of North Korea. Pyongyang is located on the Taedong River about 109 kilometers (68 mi) upstream from its mouth on the Yellow Sea. According to the 2008 population census, it has a population of 3,255,288. The city was split from the South Pyongan province in 1946. It is administered as a directly-administered city (직할시; 直轄市; chikhalsi) with equal status to provinces, the same as special cities in South Korea (특별시; 特別市; teukbyeolsi), including Seoul.
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- Many people imagine that life in Pyongyang must be unspeakably awful. It is certainly full of problems, but one way or another we all seemed to get by.
- John Everard, Only Beautiful Please: A British Diplomat in North Korea (2012), Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
- Pyongyang will neither be bullied nor sweet-talked into committing political suicide.
- Encyclopedic article on Pyongyang at Wikipedia