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Mt Paektu

  • 18 Oct 2019
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Mount Paektu or Changbai (in Chinese) is considered sacred by the Koreans.

  • It is a volcanic mountain that last erupted over 1,000 years ago.
  • It is situated at the border between Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China.
  • At a height of about 9,000 feet, it has the highest peak in the Korean peninsula.
  • The mountain is considered sacred as Koreans treat the mountain to be the spiritual origin of the Korean kingdom, where the founder (Kim Il Sung) was born.
    • Kim Il Sung fought against the Japanese occupation forces in the same region and North Koreans are led to believe that Kim Jong Il (Present North Korean Leader Jong-Un’s father) was born here.
    • The Kim family legitimises their rule over DPRK by referring to the “Mount Baekdu Bloodline” (the mountain is also referred to as Baekdusan).
  • A reference to the mountain is made in the South Korean national anthem as well.

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