Mt Jangsu, ‘queen’ of beauty of ravines

June 13, 2024

Mt Jangsu, also called Hwanghae Kumgang, is one of scenic spots in Korea, which is 745 metres above sea level and lies between Jaeryong and Sinwon counties in South Hwanghae Province.

The name of Mt Jangsu (longevity) derives from the fact that there are lots of macrobians around the mountain for the fresh air, clear water and many medicinal herbs with high efficacy.

Its range stretches from east to west and there is a range of peaks around 700 metres above sea level, such as Pojok, Kwanum and Pojang peaks.

The scenery of ravines tops the list of beauties of the mountain.

A typical example is the twelve bends of Mt Jangsu located in its western part.

The mountain embraces queer-looking rocks including Surigae (eagle) Rock, Sansam (wild insam) Rock, Samhyongje (three brothers) Rock and Chongil Rock at the breast of Pojok Peak consisting in steep cliffs, Pyokpawi Gorge famous for blue stream, and such natural caves as Kumun Cave and Kwanum Cave.

It has also Sesim, Yaksu, Suyang, Saem and other famous falls. Sesim Falls have a story which goes that even a man’s corrupt mind can be cleansed when he exposes himself to the falling water of the cascade.

As to the scenery of Mt Jangsu, Korean ancestors would say, “While Mt Kumgang is likened to the ‘prince’ of natural beauty of mountains reigning in the eastern mountainous area, Mt Jangsu can be called the ‘queen’ of beauty of ravines that has come into sudden prominence in the western flat area.”


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