April 19, 2021
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Scenic beauty of Mt Jongbang

Date: 28/02/2021 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

Mt Jongbang in Jongbang-ri, Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, is one of scenic beauties in the DPRK.

It is called Jongbang (regular square) as the mountain ridges are linked with each other to form a square shape, and it is 481 metres above sea level.

The area is the only traffic route leading to the northwestern region of Korea. Singular natural and geographical conditions of the mountain add more dignity and spirit as a natural fortress. Mt Jongbang is conspicuous in the area since it is higher than the surrounding mountains and adjoins a boundless expanse of Jaeryong Plain.

Consisting of quartzite and schist, the mountain boasts curious peaks formed by the long action of the weather and mysterious rocks and cliffs rising over 100 metres stand one after another. And beautiful scenes are unfolded by a mineral spring telling many legends, various species of flowers and thick forests that go well with each other.

There are many historical relics and remains in the mountain. There are a 12-kilometre-long fort on its ridge which was built in the period of Koryo (918-1392) as well as the South Gate of Jongbangsan Fort showcasing the fine features of architectural skills of Korean ancestors.

The gateway to the Mujigae Gate, which was built in the lower part of grand walls, with its gate tower built in the upper part, looks strong and blends in well with surrounding beautiful natural environment. The South Gate was built for the first time in the period of Koryo, rebuilt in 1632 and restored in 1968 after it was burnt down by aerial bombing in the period of the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953). There is a sluice gate 30 metres westwards from the lowest place of the walls of the South Gate and the water from different valleys in the fort gathers there to flow down.

In the fortress there is also the Songbul Temple, a famous temple built in 898 in the period of Koryo, and there are the Ungjin Hall, other wooden buildings and a five-story pagoda at the temple.

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