Kuryong Falls, Lake and Rock (Outer Kumgang)
The roaring water falls down from 74 m height. The Kuryong Falls are 4 m wide and 74 meters high. In front of the Falls ther is the Kuryong Pavilion, from where the beautiful falls can be conviently observed. Just under the falls there is the 13 m deep Kuryong Lake. Just across Ryondam Bridge there is about 700m steep path to Kuryong Rock from which you can enjoy view on a deep valley and eight big lakes called the Upper Pal Lakes.
Manmulsang Hiking Course (Outer Kumgang)
Manmulsang Area has hundreds of different rocky peaks, each of which has its own legend. It is 5-6 km, 3-4h walk: Mansangjung - Samsunam Rock - Chilchungam Rock - Jeolbuam Rock - Anshimdae Cliff - Hanulmun - Cheonseondae Cliff - Mangyangdae Cliff.
Chonil Gate is a rock gate, and there is a inscription in Korean on one of the rocks “The most beautiful view of Kumgang”.
Chonson Rock is the place where according to the myth fairies from heaven came to play. Northwest of the rock, halfway the cliff, there is the Fairies Lake, the place where the fairies washed themselves before rising back to the heaven.
Inner Kumgang is a beautiful mountain area where there are many temples, falls and tiny hermitages where monks used to live.
Kwanum Temple: In the temple there are about 10 monks living, some of them since 1972. You can attend a service and in return a small donation is appreciated.
Podok Hermitage: Situated in the delightful Manphok Valley of Inner Kumgang, the buildings were constructed in 1675 during the Li dynasty. This building with one room is suspended by a single copper pole on a 20-meter high cliff.
Myogil-sang Statue: It was carved during the Koryo dynasty and it is the biggest Buddhist stone image in Korea.
Pyohunsa Temple (Inner Kumgang)
The temple built in 670 was first called Sinrim Temple. It was famous as one of the four renowned temples in Mt. Kumgang along with the Jangan, Singye and Yujom Temples. The Phyohun Temple shows well wooden architecture of Korea in the Middle Ages and aesthetic tastes of the Korean ancestors. It originally consisted of 20 odd buildings, but now there remain only the Panyabo Hall, Ryongsan Hall, Myongbu Hall, Rungpha Pavilion, Osil Pavilion, Sansin Pavilion and some others. The Myongwol Hall, the main building of the temple, and the three-meter-high statue of a Buddhist saint, which had been between the Panyabo Hall and the Rungpha Pavilion were totally destroyed during the Korean war. The Phyohun Temple presents multifarious changes with the proper combination of hip-saddle roofed houses and gabled houses on the central north-south axis.
Samil Lagoon (Sea Kumgang)
This is considered one of the most beautiful scenic spots in the east part of the DPRK. Reaching depths of up to 13 metres, it is the deepest lagoon in Korea and was formed as a result of rock formations blocking a bay of the East Sea of Korea (referred to by Japan as the Sea of Japan; a term not used on the Korean Peninsula) where the River Nam approaches. You can see a picture of Lagoon Samil on the top of this page. The whole circumference of the lagoon is just under 6 km long.
Onjung-ri (Sea Kumgang)
It is about 10 m walk from Kumgansan hotel. There are traditional Korean houses with small vegetable gardens there. Behind the village there is Egg-shaped Rock on top of a few smaller rocks. There is a legend saying that one of the rocks once was a general who decided to kill with his sword snake which wanted to eat an egg but gods converted both to rocks. Thus in front of the rock still there is a stone shaped as a cut snake.
Sujong Valley (Sea Kumgang)
At the entrance to Sujong Valley there is 30 m high rock on which in the rainy season falls forms. In the valley you can find Sujong Peak, Pigeon Peak, Sonsu Rock, Sujong Gate - the biggest rock gate in the Kumgangsan, Kangson Rock - where the fairies come to play according to old stories.
Over a suspension bridge there is Chonmang Rock from where you will ha a magnificent view. North of Sujong Peak is Kumgang Cave with a spring inside. A bit further there is a steep slope leading to Pari Peak - a round and flat rock looking like a upside-down bowl.