Welcome to Paekdusan
In any country the extraordinarily beautiful crater lake at Paekdusan would be a remarkable site, but in North Korea it's pretty much the most important single place in the country, mythologised thoroughly by both ancient Korean lore and more modern DPRK propaganda. Paekdusan's folkloric claim to fame as the birthplace of the founder of the first Korean dynasty means that its significance is central to the country's national myth, a fact only echoed by the dubious claim that four millennia later Kim Jong-il was also born here.
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