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Mount Paekdu

A lovely, majestic mountain that sits on the border of North Korea and China, Mount Paekdu is a dormant volcano which erupted most recently in 1903. At 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), Mount Paekdu is the tallest on the Korean peninsula. As with a number of other mountains, most notably the Himalayas, Mount Paekdu has long held a sacred place in the folklore of a number of peoples, from Koreans to Manchus, who claimed Paekdu as their place of origin. Today, Paekdu forms a crater lake, and its slopes are blanketed with thick forests, granite boulders, plunging waterfalls, and plentiful wildlife.

Visitors should note that, because the area is accessible only by private plane, very few outsiders have ever been to this region - at least from the North Korean side. Additionally, due to inclement weather conditions during other times of year, Mount Paekdu is accessible only from June through mid-September.

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