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Mount Paektu

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One of the most stunning sights on the Korean Peninsula, Paekdusan (Mt Paekdu) straddles the Chinese - Korean border in the far northeastern tip of the DPRK. Apart from it being the highest mountain in the country at 2744m, and an amazing geological phenomenon (it’s an extinct volcano now containing a crater lake at its centre), it is also of huge mythical importance to the Korean people. Koreans consider Mount Paektu as the place of their ancestral origin and as a sacred mountain, one of the three "spirited" mountains (Jirisan, Hallasan and Paektusan); the one contained in the legendary foundation of Korea.

The huge crater lake called Chon ("Lake of Heaven") lies at the summit, surrounded by bare rocky crags. It is the deepest crater lake in the world, and also one of the coldest. The Lake Chon is the source of the two longest Korean rivers - Amnok (803 km) and Tumen (521 km) which serve as Sino-Korean border almost over its entire length.
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This volcanic mass of frozen lava smashed out from the wide, elevated planes of dense forest and bogs surrounding it over a million years ago, and has a powerful spiritual symbolism for the Korean people.
Kim Hyon-hui
North Korea Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Mount Paektu

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Mount Paektu (Paektusan) & Janggun Peak

Mount Paektu is the most famous among five celebrated mountains of Korea. The leader Kim Jong Il was born here in 1942 in one of the secret camps. Tens of thousands of North Koreans visit the mountain for political education tours each year during the summer months, when the snow has melted enough for it to be accessible. The Sino-Korean border runs just in the middle of Chon Lake on the summit of Mount Paektu. The Chinese side is easily viewed from the top.

Janggun Peak is the highest peak in Mount Paektu, it is 2750 m high above sea level. It is the highest peak in Korea. It is composed of sheer cliffs down to the Lake Chon and 20 to 30 degrees slopes. Koreans consider sunrise on Mount Paektu "the sunrise of Korea".
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Lake Chon in the summit of Mount Paektu

Lake Chon is the scienic spot rare to be found in the world for its area of 9165 square meters and natural scenery. The surface of the lake is located 2190 m above the sea level in the mountain crater and surronded by 216 peaks. The lake is the deepest mountain lake in the world - the average depth is 213 m and the maximum depth is 384 m. The water freezes from mid-October to mid-June. On the northern shore there are 3 hot spas with diametre of 50 cm each and a dozen of smaller hot spas.
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Amnok River Gorge at Chongun Rock, or 1000 Soldier Rocks

Amnok River (Chinese name Yalu) is the 803 km long border river between North Korea and China and it is the longest river in the DPRK. Amnok River has Mt. Paektu as a watershed and starts on the southern foot of the mountain. To go to the Secret Camp and Kim Jong Il's Native Home from Mt.Paektu's summit there is a road along Chinese border and Amnok river. This road features picturesque views especially on Chongun rock in river's bed. Along the way there are several beatiful observation spots where you can have open air picnic and enjoy amazing views of Amnok river and China.
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Rimyongsu Falls and Village

Rimyongsu Falls are unique falls taking its source in the Lake Chon on Mt.Paektu. It consists of 42 big and small falls within 4 km-section. There are 9 outlets with the average height is 6 m. Below the falls there is river Rimyongsu. These falls are beautiful all year around, but in winter they present an especially spectacular view.
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Samjiyon town

Samjiyon is a beautiful mountain town 1380 m above sea level and is a known ski resort in the DPRK. Samjiyon takes its name from three lakes in the county, which are known as the Samjiyŏn. Samjiyŏn is situated near Mt. Paektu (50km) and is used as a base for traveling in the area.
Now "Samjiyon" is used as a brand name for the home-produced Android-based tablet preloaded with the complete works of Kim Il Sung and a local version of Angry Birds.
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Lake Samji & Samjiyon Grand Monument

Lake Samji is located near Samjiyon town and it is used to be a river more than one million years ago. It turned into a lake in the process of Mt.Paektu eruption when volcanic lava blocked the river stream. Lake Samji consists of three pools located side by side - therefore the name "Samji" means "three pools".

Samjiyon Grand Monument is standing on the shore of Samji lake with Mount Paekdu as background. It is the second biggest monument to Kim Il Song. Samjiyon Grand Monument was unveiled in May Juche 68 (1979) to commemorate President Kim II Sung's revolutionary activity during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The monument depicts young General Kim Il Sung in a 19.7 m bronze statue. In the area within 250 m centered around the bronze statue stands a torch tower. On the right side of the Samjiyon Grand Monument there is the Samjiyon Revolutionary Museum displaying materials on the final attack for Korea's liberation army in the Musan area.
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Paektusan Secret Camp

The Paektusan Secret Camp is an area where a number of secret bases (secret camp No.0 through No.4) were built according to the policy put forward by President Kim Il Sung at the Nanhutou Meeting in February Juche 25 (1936). These secret camps were hidden in forests and were not disclosed until Korea was liberated.

The secret camp No.1 served as headquarters of the Korean People's Army. Preserved here there are Native Home of the General Kim Jong Il, log cabins of headquarters, barracks of guards, a sewing workshop, a secreteriat, a printing house, an arms repair shop, slogan-bearing trees and other relics.

Best Time to Visit Mount Paektu

Mt.Paektu is characterized by cold continental climate. Spring begins in late May and temperature reaches no more than 20°C in summer. Winter lasts 8 months. The lake is covered by ice till June and in October it is already covered with snow. July and August are usually rainy and cloudy; thus the best time to visit Mt.Paektu is September.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
-11
Feb
-8
Mar
-2
Apr
7
May
15
Jun
18
Jul
21
Aug
19
Sep
15
Oct
8
Nov
-1
Dec
-9
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
10
Feb
11
Mar
21
Apr
46
May
72
Jun
127
Jul
173
Aug
172
Sep
76
Oct
36
Nov
23
Dec
14
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
-11ºC
10mm

FEB
-8ºC
11mm

MAR
-2ºC
21mm

APR
7ºC
46mm

MAY
15ºC
72mm

JUN
18ºC
127mm

JUL
21ºC
173mm

AUG
19ºC
172mm

SEP
15ºC
76mm

OCT
8ºC
36mm

NOV
-1ºC
23mm

DEC
-9ºC
14mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Mount Paektu, 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 Paektu 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)
Mount Paektu Tour by Charter Flight

Pyongyang - Kaesong (DMZ) - Nampo - Mount Myohyang - Haeju - Mount Kuwol - Mount Paektu
Unseen DPRK Long Tour

Pyongyang - Hamhung - Wonsan - Mount Kumgang - Mount Paektu - Mount Chilbo - Chongjin

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