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Ahobiryong Mountains

The Ahobiryong Mountains are a mountain range stretching from north to south in central North Korea. The range straddles the border between North Hwanghae and Kangwon provinces. The most famous part of the range is located near Kaesong, the ancient capital of the Koryo dynyasty, located in North Hwanghaew; because of its natural beauty, it is sometimes called the "Kumgangsan" of Kaesong.

Historical and Tourist Significance

This region is home to many historic and scenic spots, and as such is a major tourist attraction. The valley between Mts. Chonma (天摩山) and Songgo (聖居山) is especially famous, as, besides its natural beauty, it is home to the Pakyon Falls, one of the three famous falls of Korea, as well as the Koryo-era Taehungsan Fortress, which in turn encompasses two ancient Buddhist temples (Kwanumsa and Taehungsa. The Ryongtongsa Buddhist temple, famous as the origin place of the Chontae sect, is also located in the mountains at the foot of Mt. Ogwan (五關山). It was once a place of pilgrimage, as it contained the ashes of Uichon, founder of the Chontae sect, but burned down in the 17th century. It was reconstructed between 2001-2005 as an inter-Korean project

The name "Ahobiryong" means "Tiger Leaping Peak" in Korean.

References

  • http://www.kcckp.net/en/periodic/todaykorea/index.php?contents+4436+2009-06+128+40

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