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 these willaes. Even the day, Pyongyang haes numerous willae trees, wi mony buildings an places haein "Ryugyŏng" in their names. The maist notable o these is the uncompleted Ryugyŏng Hotel.
Its ither historic names include Kisŏng, Hwangsŏng, Rakrang, Sŏgyŏng, Sŏdo, Hogyŏng, an Changan. Durin the Japanese rule it wis an aa kent as Heijō, which is simply the Japanese readin o the Cheenese characters 平壌 which comprise the name Pyongyang.
↑Lankov, Andrei (March 16, 2005). "North Korea's missionary position". Asia Times Online. Asia Times Online Ltd. Retrieved January 25, 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 (September 15, 2007). "Prayer In Pyongyang". The Daily Beast. The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC. Archived frae the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 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."