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Rising some 6,500 feet (1,981 meters) from the surrounding plains, Mount Myohyang sits in the center of the country. The legendary home of King Tangun, father of the Korean people, Mohyang is a UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve, with 30 endemic plant species, 16 globally threatened plant and 12 endangered animal species. Because of its height, the slopes and peak of Mount Myohyang are often wreathed in clouds and shrouded in mist.
Visitors should note that the best time to visit is during summer, when the meadows of Mount Myohyang are bursting with wildflowers of every shade and color.
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Hike around the valleys and hills, and discover why Mount Myohyang has been called the “mysterious, aromatic mountain” – the latter owing to the various fragrant plant species that perfume the environment year-round. Perhaps because of its UNESCO designation, Myohyang has managed to preserve its natural wonders - a rarity in North Korea, which has seen considerable environmental degradation.
International Friendship Exhibition
Visit the grandiose International Friendship Exhibition, a vast temple complex that proudly displays gifts given by foreign dignitaries to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Most gifts have been from fellow socialist or communist leaders, including a bullet-proof limousine from Stalin and opulent train cars from Mao Zedong, but there are also very interesting gifts from American and European leaders.
Pohyon Buddhist Temple
Visit the serene Pohyon Buddhist Temple complex, originally constructed in the 11th century and an officially designated national treasure. Housed in the Temple’s designated archive building are 80,000 wooden blocks containing the complete collection of Buddhist scripture from the 13th century, also considered a national, if not world treasure.
Hike through Manpok Valley, whose stunning scenery includes continuing cascades of waterfalls and the tiny Tangun Saint Grotto, which legend says is the birthplace of the father of Korea.
Sangwon Valley, in addition to its own series of falls, boasts striking views over the landscape as well as the Sangwon Hermitage, whose present buildings date to 1580, but is believed to have been built as early as the 10th century. Intrepid hikers can head for the best view of all at Piro Peak, Myohyang’s highest at roughly 6,260 feet (1,908 meters).
Step off the beaten tourist path and into one of the world’s most reclusive nations on this exciting 5-day North Korea journey. You’ll stop at all the must-see sites, from Pyongyang’s Kim II Sung Square, to the famous Demilitarized Zone, where you’ll stay in nearby Nampo Hot Springs hotel, and more.
Once a singular, unified country, North and South Korea are now vastly different cultures. This 17-day itinerary takes you on an extensive historical tour as you visit the DMZ and see where much of the conflict took place with your own eyes, explore an inactive volcanic island, and observe complete political devotion.
Watch as one of the world’s most hermetic nations unfolds before your eyes on this thrilling 5-day luxury journey into North Korea. You’ll stroll through Pyongyang’s famous Fountain Park, hop aboard a North Korean train, and visit famous temples.
The most expensive hotel in North Korea, the Hyangsan was completely renovated in 2010, and is also the only hotel in the country with internet access. The hotel also has a sauna with waitress service, a large restaurant serving local specialities, and superb views of the surrounding mountains.