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Mount Kumgang

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South of the port city of Wonsan on the east of the Korean Peninsula, the most dramatic scenery in the entire country begins to rise. Kumgang is divided into the Inner, Outer and Sea Kumgang regions. The main tourist activities are hiking, mountaineering, boating and sightseeing. The area is peppered with former Buddhist temples and hermitages, waterfalls, mineral springs, a pretty lagoon and a small museum. Maps of the area are provided by park officials to help you decide where you want to go among the dozens of excellent sites.
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Kumgangsan or Mount Kumgang means ‘diamond mountain’, so called as the granite peaks and hillsides glitter in the sunlight, but they have had different names in each season.
Kim Hyon-hui
North Korea Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Mount Kumgang

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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.
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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.
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Inner Kumgang

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Best Time to Visit Mount Kumgang

Best time to visit Mount Kumgang is during summer and autumn months from May to late October. 1,638 metres (5,374 ft) high above the sea and located in the south-east, a short distance from the border with South Korea, Mount Kumgang experiences a milder climate, and where access is allowed to tourists from South Korea. There is a characteristic landscape of rock formations; in winter you can find frozen waterfalls.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
-1
Feb
0
Mar
6
Apr
13
May
18
Jun
21
Jul
24
Aug
25
Sep
22
Oct
16
Nov
7
Dec
0
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
9
Feb
9
Mar
18
Apr
30
May
58
Jun
94
Jul
113
Aug
155
Sep
90
Oct
42
Nov
27
Dec
12
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
-1ºC
9mm

FEB
0ºC
9mm

MAR
6ºC
18mm

APR
13ºC
30mm

MAY
18ºC
58mm

JUN
21ºC
94mm

JUL
24ºC
113mm

AUG
25ºC
155mm

SEP
22ºC
90mm

OCT
16ºC
42mm

NOV
7ºC
27mm

DEC
0ºC
12mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Mount Kumgang, 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 Kumgang on a bespoke touring itinerary to North Korea (DPRK), do not hesitate to contact us.
Self Drive into North Korea

Rason - Chongjin - Mount Paektu - Hamhung - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang - Pyongyang - Kaesong (DMZ)
Family Tour to North Korea

Pyongyang - Kaesong (DMZ) - Hamhung - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang
Unseen DPRK Long Tour

Pyongyang - Hamhung - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang - Mount Paektu - Mount Chilbo - Chongjin
Unseen DPRK Short Tour

Pyongyang - Haeju - Mount Kuwol - Nampo - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang

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