Paektu Mountain

Context

  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) state news agency KCNA released a series of photographs showing Kim Jong Un riding a  white horse to the sacred mountain called Paektu. 

About Paektu Mountain

  • Paektu Mountain is also known as Baekdu Mountain, and in China as Changbai Mountain. It is situated at the border between North Korea and China. At a height of 2,744 m (9,003 ft), it is the highest peak in the Korean peninsula.
  • It is an active stratovolcano. The volcanic mountain last erupted over 1,000 years ago. A large crater lake, called Heaven Lake, is in the caldera atop the mountain. It is considered sacred by the Koreans since they treat it to be the spiritual origin of the Korean kingdom, where the founder was born.
  • The Kim family legitimises their rule over DPRK by referring to the “Mount Baekdu Bloodline” (the mountain is also referred to as Baekdusan). A reference to the mountain is made in the South Korean national anthem as well. 

Source: IE