The Jerusalem of Asia
"Protestant sects and later Catholics (specifically thanks to the Foreign Missions of Paris) were particulary active in the north of Korea: Pyongyang was considered the 'Jerusalem of Asia' in the 1920's, with huge Presbyterian and Methodist congregations."
With respect to the Korean hostages in Afghanistan:
Pastor Bae, who is a member of the Presbyterian community of Saemmul in Bundang, a suburb of Seoul, quit a large corporation to study theology. He departed to Afghanistan with a group of young Koreans aged 20 to 35 to undertake humanitarian operations in in Kandahar [the hotbed of the Taliban--Nur]. He and his community are militant proselytizers.