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Mount Chilbo

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Chilbo (Chilbosan in Korean), a mountain area in North Hamgyong province, is one of the most beautiful places in North Korea. The name "Chilbo" translates as seven treasures, stemming from the legend that Chilbo has seven treasures buried in it. It is scattered with beautifully-shaped rocks, resembling images that earns names such as the General rock, Marriage rock, and the Rabbit and Tortoise rock. The mountain, covering 250 square kilometers of area, is divided into Inner Chilbo, Outer Chilbo and Sea Chilbo boasting of waterfalls, fantastic rocks, thick forests and sea sceneries. Chilbo is particularly noted for its views when covered in snow.

It’s also incredibly remote – the only way to get here in reasonable time is to charter a flight from Pyongyang to Orang airport (approximately €4600 return per plane and usually combined with a trip to Paekdusan), from where Chilbosan is a three-hour drive down a rather Mediterranean-looking coastline of high jagged cliffs, small fishing villages and sandy beaches. Elsewhere in Chilbosan there’s the Waechilbo Hotel, where Americans must stay, as they’re currently not allowed to visit the homestay.
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One of the least visited but most beautiful of all the DPRK’s sacred mountains.
Choe Yong Chol
North Korea Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Mount Chilbo

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Inner Chilbo & Sungson Pavilion

This area stretches to the inland region of the Mt.Chilbo. The towering peaks are covered with pine trees viewed like green carpets and multi-farious rocks. Inner Chilbo is subdivided in districts of Kaesim Temple, Sangmae Peak, Naewon and Isonam.

Meanwhile, 430m southeast of Kaesim Temple is a pergola named Sungson Pavilion commanding a fine view. Literally known as "ascending to heaven", the pavilion is referred to a legend that fairies who visited the Mt.Chilbo and bathed in the Kuryong Pool, danced and ascended to heaven. All interesting sights of Inner Chilbo can be viewed from this pavilion either directly or via available free telescope.
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Kaesim Temple

The Kaesim Temple is situated in the Mt.Pothak, central part of Inner Chilbo. First built in 826 in Palhae dynasty, it was rebuilt in 1377 in Koryo dynasty and repaired several times in Li dynasty. It consists of Taeung Hall, Manse Pavilion, Simgom Hall, Unghyang Pavilion, Kwanum Hall and Sansin Pavilion. Even though the DPR Korea is an atheist country all ancient buddhist temples are preserved and kept for future generations.

Taeung Hall has five Buddhist images, seven pictures of Arahata, wooden bells with clappers. The lion-shaped wooden motar attracts the viewers. In Manse Pavilion there is a bronze bell which was built in 1764. Beside the temple there is a 600-year old tasty chestnut tree.
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Outer Chilbo & Joyak Pavilion

Outer Chilbo extends to the route between Inner Chilbo and Sea Chilbo. The outer Chilbo is higher than Inner Chilbo. It offers skyscraping peaks, precipitous rocks, sheer cliffs, cascades, pools and fords. It is subdivided in districts of Jangsu Peak, Manmulsang, Rojok Peak, Tok Valley and Kangson Gate.

Joyak Pavilion is located 400m above sea level and offers a panoramic view of Manmulsang and and Joyak Rock in the center of Outer Chilbo. There is a telescope in the Pavilion.
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Sea Chilbo

This area stretches for 40km from the Musu Plain in the south to the Orang Plain in the north. Sea Chilbo is a continuation of sheer cliffs, queer-shaped rocks washed and worn by the sea and sand beaches. It offers mysterious islets and rocks on the sea, green pine trees emitting the smell of resin and white-crested waves. One of the best views of the Mt. Chilbo can be enjoyed from a boat. Sea Chilbo is subdivided in districts of Sol Islet, Chaehwa Peak and Takgochi.

Best Time to Visit Mount Chilbo

Named the “Seven Treasures Mountain”, Mount Chilbo is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on the entire peninsula. It contains breathtaking rock formations and was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Centre’s tentative list in 2000. The best time to visit Chilbo is during summer time.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
-1
Feb
0
Mar
5
Apr
12
May
17
Jun
19
Jul
23
Aug
24
Sep
21
Oct
16
Nov
8
Dec
1
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
18
Feb
15
Mar
23
Apr
36
May
54
Jun
100
Jul
125
Aug
144
Sep
98
Oct
45
Nov
42
Dec
22
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
-1ºC
18mm

FEB
0ºC
15mm

MAR
5ºC
23mm

APR
12ºC
36mm

MAY
17ºC
54mm

JUN
19ºC
100mm

JUL
23ºC
125mm

AUG
24ºC
144mm

SEP
21ºC
98mm

OCT
16ºC
45mm

NOV
8ºC
42mm

DEC
1ºC
22mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Mount Chilbo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Mount Chilbo on a bespoke touring itinerary to North Korea (DPRK), do not hesitate to contact us.
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