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Korea  Baekdu Mountain ( Korean: 백두산,  白頭山 ) | by Yu Hwang-Wu Korean language lecturer
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Korea Baekdu Mountain ( Korean: 백두산, 白頭山 )

Mt. Baekdu


At 2,750 meters, Mt. Baekdu is the tallest mountain in the Korean Peninsula. The volcanic mountain is located on the North Korea-China border and at its summit is Cheonji, a caldera formed when it erupted. Sixteen peaks higher than 2,500 meters surround Cheonji to present one of the most spectacular scenes in the region. In the past the mountain’s highest peak, Byeongsa-bong, was measured at 2,744 meters, but it has been renamed Janggun-bong and reestablished at 2,750 meters. The name “Baekdu” originated from the eruption-generated white pumice stone decorating the summit and the fact that snow covers the peak more than eight months out of a year, making the mountain appear white all year round. Mt. Baekdu has been revered as a sacred mountain for the Korean people since the legend places Goryeo founder Wang Geon’s birth here


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Taken on August 31, 2008