Introduction

   It is a tourist region around Mt. Myohyang. Mt. Myohyang in the northwestern part of Korea is one of the six noted mountains in the country. It is 128 km in circumference and has an area of 375 square kilometers.

   Mt. Myohyang is said to have been so called because of its curious shape and the fragrance floating about it.

   It was also called Sosan because it is the highest and the most beautiful mountain in the western part of the country.

   There are chains of peaks and rocks with strange formations, mountain ridges and crystal-clear waterfalls.

   It is a home for over 1 120 species of plants, over 40 species of mammals and over 120 species of birds.

   Mt. Myohyang is also famous for its numerous historical relics and remains which show the excellent architectural skills and brilliant culture of the Korean people, including the 1 000-year-long Pohyon Temple.

   There is no strong wind, and temperature is mild. The average annual temperature is 8.3℃ and the average annual precipitation is 1 342㎜.

   It is 150㎞ from Pyongyang to Mt.Myohyang.You can visit Mt. Myohyang by bus or by car along the Pyongyang-Hyangsan tourist road.

Tourist attractions

Trekking Route in Sangwon Valley

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   The route runs along the valley between Popwang Peak and the southern slopes of Oson Peak.

   The valley gets the name of Sangwon because Sangwon Hermitage, most renowned in the area of Mt. Myohyang, is situated there.

   The route lies through the most beautiful valley in Mt. Myohyang. It has tracks leading to Popwang Peak, the highest peak in the routes, and tracks from Sangwon Hermitage to Pulyong Hermitage. The routes incline gradually except a few steep parts, and the valley is so deep that it is shadowy all the morning. It is ideal for trekking with green forests, crystal-clear water and cool breeze.

   Along the route trekkers can see stupas, Sangwon Gate, Kumgang Gate, waterfalls such as Kumgang Falls, Ryongyon Falls and Sanju Falls, Inho Rock and many historical relics and remains including Sangwon Hermitage, Nungin Hermitage and Pulyong Hermitage.