P yongyang was once called “Ryugyong” or “willow city”. Weeping willows on the banks ofthe Rivers Taedong and Pothong add to the scenic beauty ofthe ribersides, with the shady willows of summer and frost-covered tress of winter particularly picturesque. The people ofPyongyang have planted many willows around thecity to further beautify its scenery. Some agencies and structures are named “Ryugyong”, as if boasting ofPyongyang’s long history. The River Pothong in the morning.