Pyongyang Yesterday and Today


Pyongyang, one of the cradles of early human civilization, has witnessed the 5,000-year-long history of the Korean nation.

But it was the country’s liberation from the Japanese military occupation on August 15, 1945 that the city’s development as befitting a genuine one for the people started.

The Pothong River improvement project was carried out in 1946, wiping away all traces of the area having suffered from flood every rainy season and sprucing up the appearance of the city.

When Pyongyang was reduced to ruins during the three-year war against aggressive imperialist forces in the 1950s, the imperialists claimed that Pyongyang would not be able to rise to its feet again in a hundred years.

But the Korean people turned out in a dynamic struggle for postwar reconstruction, and newly built Sungni Street, the first street in Pyongyang, and then Chongnyon and Chilsongmun streets in succession.

In the 1970s and the 1980s in particular Pyongyang witnessed the golden age in construction which changed its appearance beyond recognition, with the emergence of new streets and monumental structures, including Ragwon, Munsu, Changgwang, Puksae and Kwangbok streets, Tower of the Juche Idea, Grand People’s Study House, Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace and May Day Stadium.

In the early 1990s Thongil Street sprang up in the Rangnang area of East Pyongyang.

Pyongyang underwent another facelift in recent ten years. Changjon, Mirae Scientists, Ryomong and other gorgeous streets mushroomed and modern cultural facilities such as the People’s Theatre, Rungna People’s Recreation Ground, Munsu Water Park and Sci-Tech Complex arose.

Pyongyang known as a city of superb scenic beauty is being continuously spruced up.

Categories: Architecture, History

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