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A granite mountain that looms over the nearby plains, Kumgang Mountain is one of the most storied mountains on the Korean Peninsula. Long celebrated by Korean artists for its scenic beauty, Kumgang, which means diamond in Korean, is a premier tourist destination for North and South Koreans alike. Due to a joint tourism program run by the North Korean government and South Korean industrial conglomerate Hyundai Asan, Kumgang Mountain is a thriving tourist resort - though visitors from outside the Korean peninsula and China are still somewhat rare.
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Explore the scenic environs of Mount Kumgang, one of North Korea’s sacred peaks, whose surrounding hills are dotted with ancient temples and hidden hermitages. Hike up to one of two dramatic peaks, Sujong or Sejon, then soak your muscles upon descent in the hot baths of Kumgangsan Spa, whose waters hover around 100 degrees.
Stop at Lake Sijung, whose very modest resort is famous for its hot mud bath treatments, believed to have positive effects for a wide range of ailments. After your hot mud bath, enjoy a swim in the lake or take a boat out fishing.
Spend a few hours on the local beaches of the Kumgang coast, where you are likely to be one of very few visitors at all and have wide swaths of sand and sea entirely to yourself.
Kumgangsan Revolutionary Musuem
For a reminder that Pyongyang is not the only stronghold of revolutionary pride, visit the Kumgangsan Revolutionary Museum, which chronicles the anti-Japanese resistance in this part of North Korea in the first half of the 20th century.
Inner Kumgang Hotel
The beautiful Kumgang â€˜Diamondâ€™ Mountains are located in the south-east part of the DPRK. The Inner Kumgang Hotel is the best in the area and the one of the few hotels in the DPRK that offers internet access from a shared computer in the business centre and also a few foreign television channels (Al-Jazeera, Chinese Phoenix News). There are several different restaurants and banquet halls in this hotel and other facilities such as a lobby bar, a bar on the top floor (6th, will beautiful views of the surrounding scenery) and karaoke room. As is frequently seen in North Korean hotels, there are many beautiful wall paintings around the hotel, turning it into a quasi art gallery itself. Rooms are very comfortable with balconies. A short drive from the hotel is a spa where guests can go to enjoy hot pools, saunas and massage for a small additional charge. The main draw of this hotel is the setting in one of the most beautiful regions of the DPRK.