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Mount Kuwol

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Visit mount kuwol

In Korean "kuwol" means "September", and this name indicates beauty of autumn mapple trees in mountain. An official nature reserve since the 1970th, Mt.Kuwol is visited by half a million local tourists each year. Being listed as one of the five celebrated mountains of the DPRK, along with Paektu, Kumgang, Myohyang, and Chilbo, Kuwol has been out of radar for most Western tourists. In 2003 however it was listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect “typical forest ecosystem of Korea which survived the damages of the Korean War”. In the biosphere reserve is also one of Korea’s most important rice producing areas, and the base rich in medicinal herbs such as ginseng.

Mt. Kuwol has remains associated with Tangun - legendary founder of Korean nation, dolment of the Bronze Age, old tombs, Buddhist temples. The mountain is a major summer resort in North Korea, attracting many domestic tourists.
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Things to See and Do in Mount Kuwol

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Mount Jangsu

It is called “Hwanghae Kumgang” and “queen of valley beauty” because of its beauty. The name “Jangsu” means “longevity” because in the past the inhabitants in the mountain lived long drinking clear water and breathing fresh air. The mountain is 745 m above sea level, 61 kilometers from east to west and 10 km from north to south. The Jangsusan Pleasure Ground has 12 valleys with unique scenic spots and natural objects preserved with public interest as well as interesting legends.
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Jonggok Valley

Jonggok Valley is a scenic spot in the southeast of Mount Kuwol. The valley is impressive because its dense forest, gigantic rocks, waterfalls and ponds boast of their own beauties. Unique Ryongyon Falls are found 2 km up from the entrance.

Other highlights around Mount Kuwol include the Sinchon Massacre Museum, Anak Tomb No.3 and a vast Chongchun Orchard of Kwail county.
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Woljong Temple

It is historic Budhist temple which was built against the Asa Peak during the Koguryo dynasty. The temple consists of Manse Pavilion, Myongbu Hall, Suwol Hall and other auxiliary buildings around Kuknakbo Temple. Kuknakbo Temple was built in 846 and the Manse Pavilion in 881
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Samsong Temple

In Korean it means "three spirits shrine": Tangun - legendary founder of Korean nation; his father - Hwanung; and grandfather - Hwanin. The temple was built at the end of Koryo dynasty to hold memorial services for Tangun. There are Samsong, Yanghyon and Yongbin Halls in Samsong.
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Tanphung Valley & Jiwonphokpho Valley

Tanphung Valley (Autumn Tints Valley) is a scenic spot on the western slope of Mt. Kuwol. It is the deepest and most beautiful valleys of Mt. Kuwol. There are Madang, Samhyongje, Toebak, Kama and Paemjango Ponds, Chadae Falls and places of historical interest like the Woljong Temple section.

Jiwonphokpho Valley is located 3 km away from Tanphung Valley on the way to the Susamthae Ridge. The valley is not very long but the scenery is excellent for its thick woods resembling virgin forest and majestic waterfalls. The Jiwon Falls is the most spectacular in the valley.
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Sansong Revolutionary site

The site is located on the sunny place in the middle of the Fort on M. Kuwol. The place is associated with the achievements of Kim Hyong Jik, father of the President who came here in November Juche 10 (1921) to lead the meeting of the provincial representatives of anti-Japanese organizations and military training of organization members.

Fort on Mt. Kuwol: It was built in Koguryo dynasty to prevent foreign invasions. It measures 5.23 km and it is 3.5 - 5.2 m high. Remained are the sites of armory, granary, barracks, ceramic furnace and so on.
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King Kongukwon's Mausoleum

King Kongukwon's Mausoleum (also known as Anak Tomb No. 3) is a part of The Complex of Koguryeo Tombs. In July 2004, The Complex of Koguryeo Tombs became the first UNESCO World Heritage site in the DPRK. The site consists of 30 individual tombs from the later Koguryeo kingdom, one of Three Kingdoms of Korea. King Kongukwon's Mausoleum was discovered in 1949 with valuable treasures having been stolen, but murals were kept in good condition.

King Kongukwon's Mausoleum has wall paintings. There are over 10,000 Koguryeo tombs overall, but only about 90 of those unearthed in China and Korea have wall paintings. The Complex of Koguryeo Tombs inscribed on the World Heritage List contains the majority of these tombs with wall paintings. It is thought that the complex was used as a burial site for kings, queens and other members of the royal family. The paintings found on the tombs offer a unique insight into the everyday life of the Koguryeo period.

Best Time to Visit Mount Kuwol

As the name Kuwol literally means, the best time to vist Mount Kuwol (Kuwolsan) is around the months of June to late September.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
0
Feb
1
Mar
6
Apr
13
May
19
Jun
23
Jul
26
Aug
26
Sep
23
Oct
17
Nov
9
Dec
2
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
19
Feb
15
Mar
23
Apr
38
May
64
Jun
96
Jul
230
Aug
164
Sep
90
Oct
40
Nov
35
Dec
19
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
0ºC
19mm

FEB
1ºC
15mm

MAR
6ºC
23mm

APR
13ºC
38mm

MAY
19ºC
64mm

JUN
23ºC
96mm

JUL
26ºC
230mm

AUG
26ºC
164mm

SEP
23ºC
90mm

OCT
17ºC
40mm

NOV
9ºC
35mm

DEC
2ºC
19mm

Suggested Itineraries

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