Significance of 'sacred' Baekdusan Mountain to two Koreas, ahead of President Moon Jae-in's visit

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Published on 19 Sep 2018, 12:56
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This was not on the initial schedule for President Moon Jae-in's trip to Pyeongyang.
But it's decided today, he will be visiting Baekdusan Mountain with his North Korean counterpart tomorrow.
Seo Bo-bin fills us in on the significance of this mountain. Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have decided to visit Baekdusan Mountain together tomorrow.
During the April summit in Panmunjom, President Moon mentioned that he really wanted to visit Baekdusan Mountain and that he wants to visit the mountain and see its crater lake, Lake Cheonji, from the Korean side and not the Chinese side. He repeated his wish when he arrived in North Korea earlier this week.

With a height of two-thousand-seven-hundred-forty-four meters, Baekdusan Mountain is the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast China. It's bordered by Hamgyong-do province in North Korea and Jilin province in northeast China.
It's had several different names since ancient times.
The modern Korean name Baekdusan Mountain, meaning white-head mountain, was first recorded over 13-hundred years ago. Around that time, it was also called Taebaeksan Mountain, meaning great-white mountain.

Its crater lake at the top of the mountain, which is called Heaven Lake, or Lake Cheonji in Korean, is one of the highest crater lakes in the world.

A lot of international visitors, including many South Korean visitors, climb the mountain from the Chinese side. It is also a very popular tourist destination for visitors to North Korea as well.

In the inter-Korean summit agreement in 2007, the South and North agreed to implement tours of Baekdusan Mountain, and even establish a direct Baekdusan Mountain-Seoul air route. But the plan wasn't successful and people didn't get a chance to tour the Baekdusan Mountain.

Seo Bo-bin, Arirang News.

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