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Mount Myohyang

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Travel to Mt. Myohyang with Koryo Tours
Travel to Mt. Myohyang with Koryo Tours
Issac on the bus to Mt. Myohyang
Issac on the bus to Mt. Myohyang
It's about a 2 hour drive from Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang
It's about a 2 hour drive from Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang
North Korean village north of Pyongyang
North Korean village north of Pyongyang
Canal and rice paddies, North Korea
Canal and rice paddies, North Korea
North Korean landscape with a tree-lined road
North Korean landscape with a tree-lined road
Hills along the Chongchon River, North Korea
Hills along the Chongchon River, North Korea
Factory town with North Koreans enjoying the Chongchon River on a hot day
Factory town with North Koreans enjoying the Chongchon River on a hot day
As we get farther north of Pyongyang, the landscape gets more mountainous
As we get farther north of Pyongyang, the landscape gets more mountainous
Railroad passing through a North Korean town on the opposite bank of the Chongchon River
Railroad passing through a North Korean town on the opposite bank of the Chongchon River
Railroad bridge over the Chongchon River at Kujang, DPRK
Railroad bridge over the Chongchon River at Kujang, DPRK
Green hills beyond the sandy banks of the Chongchon River, North Korea
Green hills beyond the sandy banks of the Chongchon River, North Korea
Terraced hillside above the Chongchon River, North Korea
Terraced hillside above the Chongchon River, North Korea
A small dam on the Chongchon River which diverts water through a tunnel to a hydroelectric plant
A small dam on the Chongchon River which diverts water through a tunnel to a hydroelectric plant
Chongchon River as we near the Mount Myohynag
Chongchon River as we near the Mount Myohynag
Thickly forested hills at Sonwang-bong at the entrance to the Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, DPRK
Thickly forested hills at Sonwang-bong at the entrance to the Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, DPRK
Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Revolving Restaurant on top of the Hyangsan Hotel
Revolving Restaurant on top of the Hyangsan Hotel
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Glass ceiling of the Hyangsan Hotel lobby
Glass ceiling of the Hyangsan Hotel lobby
Lobby, Hyangsan Hotel
Lobby, Hyangsan Hotel
Lobby, Hyangsan Hotel
Lobby, Hyangsan Hotel
Fountain in the lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel
Fountain in the lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel
Guide of Mt. Myohyang Mysterious Fragrant Mountain Nature Reserve
Guide of Mt. Myohyang "Mysterious Fragrant Mountain" Nature Reserve
History Museum in Mt. Myohyang, a preserved Buddhist temple
History Museum in Mt. Myohyang, a preserved Buddhist temple
Waterfalls of Mt. Myohyang
Waterfalls of Mt. Myohyang
Waterfalls of Mt. Myohyang
Waterfalls of Mt. Myohyang
Paintings of the Mt. Myohyang waterfalls in the Hyangsan Hotel
Paintings of the Mt. Myohyang waterfalls in the Hyangsan Hotel
Painting of a Mt. Myohyang waterfall, Hyangsan Hotel
Painting of a Mt. Myohyang waterfall, Hyangsan Hotel
Services available at the Hyangsan Hotel
Services available at the Hyangsan Hotel
靈山殿 - Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
靈山殿 - Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
View to the west from the Hyangsan Hotel
View to the west from the Hyangsan Hotel
Panoramic view from the Hyangsan Hotel
Panoramic view from the Hyangsan Hotel
Rear wing of the Hyangsan Hotel nestled against the forested hillside
Rear wing of the Hyangsan Hotel nestled against the forested hillside
The guide, Kim Song Sim, checking us in to the Hyangsan Hotel
The guide, Kim Song Sim, checking us in to the Hyangsan Hotel
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve, North Korea
Panoramic view of the Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Panoramic view of the Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
River in front of the Hyangsan Hotel
River in front of the Hyangsan Hotel
View from the Hyangsan Hotel bridge
View from the Hyangsan Hotel bridge
Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, Mt. Myohyang Nature Reserve, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea
Ashtray in the shape of a bear, Hyangsan Hotel
Ashtray in the shape of a bear, Hyangsan Hotel
Mosaic map of the area around Pohyonsa Temple, founded 1024 (Goryeo Dynasty)
Mosaic map of the area around Pohyonsa Temple, founded 1024 (Goryeo Dynasty)
Today, Pohyonsa is maintained as a historical museum (National Treasure #40)
Today, Pohyonsa is maintained as a historical museum (National Treasure #40)
Haet'al, the middle gate of Pohyon Temple
Haet'al, the middle gate of Pohyon Temple
Haet'al Gate 解脫門  Pohyon Temple
Haet'al Gate 解脫門 Pohyon Temple
Painted ceiling, Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Painted ceiling, Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
보현사  Pohyŏnsa (Bohyeonsa)
보현사 Pohyŏnsa (Bohyeonsa)
Painted ceiling, Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Painted ceiling, Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Painted ceiling, Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Painted ceiling, Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Figure riding a haetae in the Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Figure riding a haetae in the Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Buddhist figure riding an elephant in the Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Buddhist figure riding an elephant in the Haet'al Gate, Pohyon Temple
Chonwang Gate, the inner gate to Pohyon Temple housing the four heavenly kings
Chonwang Gate, the inner gate to Pohyon Temple housing the four heavenly kings
Ch'ŏnwang, the inner gate of Pohyon Temple
Ch'ŏnwang, the inner gate of Pohyon Temple
天王門 Ch'ŏnwang Heaveny Kings Gate, Pohyŏnsa
天王門 Ch'ŏnwang "Heaveny Kings" Gate, Pohyŏnsa
Painted dragon, Chonwang Gate, Pohyon Temple
Painted dragon, Chonwang Gate, Pohyon Temple
Ornate carved beams, Pohyon Temple
Ornate carved beams, Pohyon Temple
Jeungjang-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the South
Jeungjang-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the South
Gwangmok-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the West
Gwangmok-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the West
Damun-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the North
Damun-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the North
Jiguk-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the East
Jiguk-cheonwang, Heavenly King of the East
Two of the Sacheonwang (사천왕) Four heavenly kings
Two of the Sacheonwang (사천왕) "Four heavenly kings"
Two of the Sacheonwang (사천왕) Four heavenly kings
Two of the Sacheonwang (사천왕) "Four heavenly kings"
Nine-story Tabo Pagoda erected in 1044, Pohyonsa
Nine-story Tabo Pagoda erected in 1044, Pohyonsa
Tabo Pagoda (AD 1044) National Treasure #7
Tabo Pagoda (AD 1044) National Treasure #7
Manse Pavilion, reconstructed in 1979
Manse Pavilion, reconstructed in 1979
The Manse Pavilion was destroyed by the U.S. Imperialist Aggressors in 1951
The Manse Pavilion was destroyed by the U.S. Imperialist Aggressors in 1951
The Manse Pavilion was reconstructed in concrete but is built to resemble the original painted wood construction
The Manse Pavilion was reconstructed in concrete but is built to resemble the original painted wood construction
The main hall of Pohyon Temple was originally built in 1765
The main hall of Pohyon Temple was originally built in 1765
Taeung Hall was reconstructed in 1976 after destruction during the Korean War
Taeung Hall was reconstructed in 1976 after destruction during the Korean War
Monk waiting at the door of the Taeung Hall
Monk waiting at the door of the Taeung Hall
Octagonal 13-story Sokka Pagoda, Pohyon Temple
Octagonal 13-story Sokka Pagoda, Pohyon Temple
The 8.58m Sokka Pagoda was erected in the 14th Century
The 8.58m Sokka Pagoda was erected in the 14th Century
Sokka Pagoda, National Treasure #144
Sokka Pagoda, National Treasure #144
Wooden panel on Taeung Hall
Wooden panel on Taeung Hall
Detail of a wooden panel of Taeung Hall
Detail of a wooden panel of Taeung Hall
大雄殿 Taeung Hall
大雄殿 Taeung Hall
Part of the Manse Pavilion seen from Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Part of the Manse Pavilion seen from Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Tile roof of the Manse Pavilion, Pohyon Temple
Tile roof of the Manse Pavilion, Pohyon Temple
Manse Pavilion with the 13-story Sokka Pagoda, Pohyon Temple
Manse Pavilion with the 13-story Sokka Pagoda, Pohyon Temple
Korean Buddhist monk guiding us through Taeung Hall
Korean Buddhist monk guiding us through Taeung Hall
Korean Buddhist Monk in the DPRK, Pohyon Temple
Korean Buddhist Monk in the DPRK, Pohyon Temple
Buddhas lined up in Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddhas lined up in Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
보현사
보현사
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddha, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Painting, Teaeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Painting, Teaeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Roof beams of Taeung Hall, faithfully reconstructed in 1976 after the 1765 original
Roof beams of Taeung Hall, faithfully reconstructed in 1976 after the 1765 original
Beam carved as a dragon head, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Beam carved as a dragon head, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Ceiling and beams of Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Ceiling and beams of Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Beam carved as a dragon head, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Beam carved as a dragon head, Taeung Hall, Pohyon Temple
Tree covered mountains of the Myohyangan Nature Reserve
Tree covered mountains of the Myohyangan Nature Reserve
Grounds of Pohyon Temple
Grounds of Pohyon Temple
Manicured garden of Pohyon Temple, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
Manicured garden of Pohyon Temple, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
Late afternoon sun behind the  Sokka Pagoda
Late afternoon sun behind the Sokka Pagoda
Tiled roof of the adjacent Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Tiled roof of the adjacent Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
A small pavilion to the left of the Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
A small pavilion to the left of the Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Kwanum is the Korean name for Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokitesvara
Kwanum is the Korean name for Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokitesvara
Kwanum Hall, built in 1449, National Treasure #57
Kwanum Hall, built in 1449, National Treasure #57
Kwanum Hall, the oldest surviving building at Pohyongsa
Kwanum Hall, the oldest surviving building at Pohyongsa
Beam carved in the shape of a dragon, Kwanum Hall
Beam carved in the shape of a dragon, Kwanum Hall
Painting of a guardian, Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Painting of a guardian, Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Bodhisattva petting the mythological haetae, a Korean fire-eating dog which resembles a lion
Bodhisattva petting the mythological haetae, a Korean fire-eating dog which resembles a lion
Guardian figure, Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Guardian figure, Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Kwanum (Guanyin), Pohyon Temple
Kwanum (Guanyin), Pohyon Temple
觀音殿 - Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
觀音殿 - Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Landscape painting, Kwanum Hall
Landscape painting, Kwanum Hall
Dragons and guardians, Kwanum Hall
Dragons and guardians, Kwanum Hall
Roof of the Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Roof of the Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
보현사 Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
보현사 Kwanum Hall, Pohyon Temple
Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Carved roof beams, Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Carved roof beams, Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddhas, Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Buddhas, Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Ryongsan Hall, Pohyon Temple
Gate to the Suchung Shrine (1794) Pohyon Temple
Gate to the Suchung Shrine (1794) Pohyon Temple
The Suchung Shrine honors the monk Sŏsan who helped repel the Japanese invasion of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the late 16th C.
The Suchung Shrine honors the monk Sŏsan who helped repel the Japanese invasion of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the late 16th C.
Suchang Shrine, 1794, 보현사
Suchang Shrine, 1794, 보현사
酬忠祠 - Suchung Shrine
酬忠祠 - Suchung Shrine
One of the three Great Patriotic Monks
One of the three Great Patriotic Monks
Another of the three Great Patriotic Monks
Another of the three Great Patriotic Monks
Monument pavilion with a stele recording Sŏsan's deeds
Monument pavilion with a stele recording Sŏsan's deeds
The stele of the Suchung Shrine was erected in 1796
The stele of the Suchung Shrine was erected in 1796
Roof carving detail, Suchung Shrine stele pavilion
Roof carving detail, Suchung Shrine stele pavilion
Stele recording the deeds of the monk  Sŏsan
Stele recording the deeds of the monk Sŏsan
Archives of Buddhist Scriptures, a post-war building is made of concrete and other fireproof materials
Archives of Buddhist Scriptures, a post-war building is made of concrete and other fireproof materials
Archive of Buddhist Scriptures, a post-Korean War library, Pohyong Temple
Archive of Buddhist Scriptures, a post-Korean War library, Pohyong Temple
The Archive of Buddhist Scriptures houses 80,000 wooden printing blocks
The Archive of Buddhist Scriptures houses 80,000 wooden printing blocks
The wooden blocks are a copy of the Tripitaka Koreana
The wooden blocks are a copy of the Tripitaka Koreana
Of course, the building of the archives is accredited to the Great Leader Kim Il Sung
Of course, the building of the archives is accredited to the Great Leader Kim Il Sung
Archive of Buddhist Scripture, Pohyon Temple
Archive of Buddhist Scripture, Pohyon Temple
Archive of Buddhist Scripture, Pohyon Temple
Archive of Buddhist Scripture, Pohyon Temple
Archive of Buddhist Scripture, Pohyon Temple
Archive of Buddhist Scripture, Pohyon Temple
Giftshop of Pohyon Temple
Giftshop of Pohyon Temple
Giftshop of Pohyon Temple
Giftshop of Pohyon Temple
Bell pavilion (Chonggak) of Pohyonsa Temple
Bell pavilion (Chonggak) of Pohyonsa Temple
Bronze bellof Pohyon Temple
Bronze bellof Pohyon Temple
Our local guide bids us farewell
Our local guide bids us farewell
A colorful bug, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
A colorful bug, Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
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NorthKoreaAug09 2240.jpg
Forest of Mount Myohyang Nature Reserve
Forest of Mount Myohyang Nature Reserve
Sangwon Hermitage trailhead
Sangwon Hermitage trailhead
Sangwon Hermitage Trail, the guide's 2nd choice, but the road to her first choice was blocked
Sangwon Hermitage Trail, the guide's 2nd choice, but the road to her first choice was blocked
Stupas of the monk's cemetary to the west of Pohyon Temple
Stupas of the monk's cemetary to the west of Pohyon Temple
The stupas date from the late Koryo Dynasty (13-14th C.)
The stupas date from the late Koryo Dynasty (13-14th C.)
Trail marker for Kumgang Galls, Pulyong Hermitage, Sangwon Hermitage and Popwang Peak
Trail marker for Kumgang Galls, Pulyong Hermitage, Sangwon Hermitage and Popwang Peak
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NorthKoreaAug09 2265.jpg
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NorthKoreaAug09 2266.jpg
On the Sangwon Hermitage trail in the fading light
On the Sangwon Hermitage trail in the fading light
Stream along the Sangwon Hermitage trail
Stream along the Sangwon Hermitage trail
Carved steps leading under a boulder
Carved steps leading under a boulder
...the guide sent us back before we reached the end...too late
...the guide sent us back before we reached the end...too late
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Morning at the Hyangsan Hotel
Morning at the Hyangsan Hotel
Lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel
Lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel
Lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel
Lobby of the Hyangsan Hotel
On the bus again
On the bus again
North Korean visitors to the Myohyang Nature Reserve
North Korean visitors to the Myohyang Nature Reserve
North Korean visitors to the Myohyang Nature Reserve
North Korean visitors to the Myohyang Nature Reserve
International Friendship Exhibitional Hall housing the gifts received by Kim Il Sung
International Friendship Exhibitional Hall housing the gifts received by Kim Il Sung
This is only a small portion of the complex - most of the galleries are tunneled deep into the mountain
This is only a small portion of the complex - most of the galleries are tunneled deep into the mountain
Guide at the International Friendship Exhibition Hall
Guide at the International Friendship Exhibition Hall
Every North Korean wears a Kim Il Sung badge
Every North Korean wears a Kim Il Sung badge
Doorway to the International Friendship Exhibition
Doorway to the International Friendship Exhibition
North Korean guard with a silver plated AK-47
North Korean guard with a silver plated AK-47
Door detail, International Friendship Exhibition
Door detail, International Friendship Exhibition
Opening the door to the International Friendship Exhibition
Opening the door to the International Friendship Exhibition
Image from the official video of our DPRK trip
Image from the official video of our DPRK trip
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition interior shot from our official video
International Friendship Exhibition
International Friendship Exhibition
International Friendship Exhibition
International Friendship Exhibition
View of the green mountains of Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
View of the green mountains of Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
Balcony of the International Friendship Exhibition
Balcony of the International Friendship Exhibition
Balcony of the International Friendship Exhibition
Balcony of the International Friendship Exhibition
Concrete ceiling made to look like traditional wooden archtiecture
Concrete ceiling made to look like traditional wooden archtiecture
International Friendship Exhibition, built to look like traditional wooden archtiecture
International Friendship Exhibition, built to look like traditional wooden archtiecture
Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
Myohyangsan Nature Reserve
Another building at the International Friendship Exhibition
Another building at the International Friendship Exhibition
Mount Myohyang Nature Reserve
Mount Myohyang Nature Reserve
A smaller building houses the gifts received by Kim Jong Il
A smaller building houses the gifts received by Kim Jong Il
Like the Kim Il Sung hall, the building is merely the entrance to a complex of chambers carved out of the mountain
Like the Kim Il Sung hall, the building is merely the entrance to a complex of chambers carved out of the mountain
North Korean visitors to the International Friendship Exhibition
North Korean visitors to the International Friendship Exhibition
Mount Myohyang School (?)
Mount Myohyang School (?)
Mount Myohyang School (?)
Mount Myohyang School (?)
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NorthKoreaAug09 2325.jpg
Our bus driver
Our bus driver
Driving on the highway back to Pyongyang
Driving on the highway back to Pyongyang
Again, traffic is not much of an issue
Again, traffic is not much of an issue
Roadside village with signs about the 150 day economic push
Roadside village with signs about the 150 day economic push
North Korean railroad
North Korean railroad
Green fields on the drive back to Pyongyang
Green fields on the drive back to Pyongyang
Rice paddies and corn fields, North Korea
Rice paddies and corn fields, North Korea
Agricultural landscape, North Korea
Agricultural landscape, North Korea
Fish Farm, North Korea
Fish Farm, North Korea
Bridges across the Chongchon River at near Anju, DPRK
Bridges across the Chongchon River at near Anju, DPRK
Railroad and rice paddies, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
Railroad and rice paddies, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
Green fields of mixed crops, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
Green fields of mixed crops, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
Pedestrian suspension bridge across an irrigation canal, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
Pedestrian suspension bridge across an irrigation canal, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
North Korea uses all available acreage for planting to help achieve self sufficiency in agriculture
North Korea uses all available acreage for planting to help achieve self sufficiency in agriculture
Green fields of rice, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
Green fields of rice, South Phyongan Province, North Korea
South Phyongan Province, North Korea
South Phyongan Province, North Korea
Nearing Pyongyang
Nearing Pyongyang
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