PAEKTU, LAND OF NORTH KOREAN LEGENDS
Mount Paektu volcano is considered a holy place for North Koreans. It is deemed the place of origin for them. The country's founding father Kim Il- Sung commanded anti-Japanese guerrilla in the 50’s from a secret camp in this place.
North Korea says his son Kim Jong-il was born there in 1942. He was actually born in Siberia, where his father had taken refuge from Japanese troops.
The dear Leaders are said to have a "mount Paektu bloodline ». A famous slogan says: « Let us all turn out in the general offensive to hasten final victory in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu! »
A new probelm may erupt: when North Korea tests a nuclear weapon, specialists say the energy could trigger a volcanic...eruption in Paektu. That could be a huge disaster, killing thousands in North Korea and on the chinese side too.
Photo shows: The remote area of Paektu experiences freezing temperatures in winter. I first went in may and the road was too icy , so the trip was cancelled.
I came back the next year in summertime.
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