Ancient Pyongyang

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Pyongyang (aka Pyeongyang) was the capital of several successive ancient Korean kingdoms. Located on the Daedong River in the north of the peninsula, the site was chosen by the legendary Dangun (Tangun), founder of the first Korean state Gojoseon, to be his capital city on earth. Pyongyang remained an important city throughout the following centuries and served as the capital of Wiman Joseon and the Goguryeo (Koguryo) kingdoms, and was the western capital of the Goryeo (Koryo) kingdom. The modern city, located on the same site, is today the capital of North Korea.

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