15 Apr, 2009

Kŭmgangsan, a natural treasure in North Korea


Kŭmgangsan or as it is known, The Diamond Mountains, is located in South Korea and is among the most important sites in the country. It is the second tallest mountain in the country, reaching 1640m. It is a part of the Taebaek Mountain and is one of the places that opened to public visits a few years ago. This is quite notable for the area, as in North Korea group tours were not allowed until recently.

Kŭmgangsan is a place of significant importance for the people of N. Korea, who consider it to be something like a national treasure. It is not accidental that locals try to preserve it and maintain it as much as possible, as it is an important natural landmark for the area. People believe that the mountain features unique spiritual powers and of course breathtaking beauty. However, this place means much more to the Koreans, as it became a symbol of unity once it opened to the public. The peninsula of Korea is divided in north and south, but the mountain seems to connect the two parts of the once, same country.

One of the unique characteristics of the mountain is also its name, as locals refer to it with different names depending on the season of the year; that might be confusing for visitors, but each one of its names has a particular meaning. In general though, the mountain is known as Kŭmgangsan. It boasts some of the most scenic paths and routes in Asia and consists of two main rocks, granite and diorite which give the mountain the popular nickname Diamond Mountains. These rocks are also responsible for the various impressive formations found, consisting of peaks, pillars and ravines.

The Kŭmgangsan mountain consists almost entirely of granite and diorite, weathered over centuries into a wide variety of shapes, including over 12,000 picturesque stone formations, ravines, cliffs, stone pillars and peaks.


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