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Visit mount myohyang
Located in the extremely mountainous and northern area of the DPRK, Mount Myohyang (or Myohyangsan) is one of the five most celebrated mountains of North Korea. Mount Myohyang means ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’ and it’s certainly no misnomer. The scenery is quite wonderful, and in summer the area is awash with flowers.
A trip to this pretty resort area, just 150km north of Pyongyang, provides an easy chance to experience the pristine North Korean countryside, along with an inevitable slice of personality cult. Mount Myohyang and the surrounding area of hills, mountain trails and waterfalls make for a charming trip.
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This stunning range of mountains is of great spiritual significance for Koreans as an ancient centre of Buddhist learning and worship and the site of two vast underground museums.
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Things to See and Do in Mount Myohyang
International Friendship Exhibition
The International Friendship Exhibition is a large museum complex that opened up its 4-ton doors to the public in 1978. Up to 220,000 gifts are on display here signifying the support the world has for the DPRK. Notable gifts come from one end of the globe to the other, from Yugoslavia, China, Russia, and even the US. The Soviet made Llyushin II-14 plane has its own hanger that takes up a hefty portion of the 70,000 square meters the site consists of. A basketball signed by Michael Jordan is favored by the basketball fan and leader of the country, Kim Jong Un. Other extravagant gifts include an armored limousine, a silver sword from a Palestinian leader, jewel encrusted rifles, and VHS copy of the 90’s hit movie Space Jam. In total, the windowless museum has over 150 rooms housing the gifts from 178 of the world’s 198 total countries.
Manphok valley hiking
A hike in Manphok Valley brings visitors by almost countless waterfalls and pools. The valley is known as the Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls, or simply the Valley of Falls. Visitors to the valley catch a rare glimpse of the greater Mt. Myohyang area, a UNESCO protected biosphere that houses multiple endangered plants and animal species. The area functions as a nature reserve, but also contains many man-made objects. One of these being the Myogilsang Buddhist statue, dated back to the Koryo dynasty era, and the largest of its kind on the entire Korean peninsula.
Pohyon Buddhist Temple
A large number of Buddhist temples and hermitages exist in North Korea, one of the most popular ones being the Pohyon Temple. Nestled in the wilderness of Mt. Myohyang, the temple is close to 1000 years old, and has been rebuilt 3 times since its initial construction. The temple has a long history of enduring warfare, even serving as a stronghold against the Japanese 400 years ago. The site suffered extensive damage during the Korean war, losing half of its 24 buildings, many of it has since been rebuilt. Not only are the temple grounds listed as one of North Korea’s national treasures, they house several of the country’s other national treasures. The most famous of these is the Sokka Pagoda, it is 10 meters tall and has 104 bronze bells hanging from it. The Sokka Pagoda is located in the central courtyard and is surrounded by gates with elaborate names such as the Gate of Four Heavenly Kings.
It is a lime cavern located at Ryongmun Workers' District, Kujang County, North Phyongan Province which belongs to Outer Myohyang. The cavern was formed for a long time by water-soluble lime underground. This geological wonder has few parallel. It has two main caverns and tens of side caverns. The drip-drops from the ceiling created scores of multifarious sights like Kwanmang-dae, Manmul-dong, Phungnyon-dong, Paektumillyong-dong, Kwangmyong-dong and Ryongmun Square.
Best Time to Visit Mount Myohyang
Known as the Mysterious Fragrant Mountain, Mt Myohyang is one of four famous mountains in North Korea. The best time to visit Mount Myohyang is in summer months.
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