While Mount Myohyang which is nestled about 2 and a half hours North of Pyongyang may not be as famous as some of the DPRK’s other mountains (Paketusan, Kumgangsan) it is indeed a hidden gem and an incredibly popular place for domestic tourists to visit in the DPRK as well as one of our favourite places here at YPT. Below in no particular order are some of the highlights of a trip to this stunning region of Korea.
A Visit to the International Friendship Exhibition Hall
We will start with the big one here as this is what entices most people to come to Mount Myohyang in the first place. Carved into the side of a mountain this massive museum of seemingly endless corridors and tunnels contain gifts presented to the leadership of the DPRK from heads of parties, states and public figures from all around the world. While it would take days to see the entire museum highlights of any YPT tour include railway cars gifted from Mao and Stalin as well as a plane used by President Kim Il Sung.
The 5 Star Hyangsan Hotel
Built-in 1986 and renovated in 2010, This 5 star 15 Story Pyramid shaped hotel is an incredible piece of architecture that really stands out against the backdrop of the Myohygsan region. Always a stop for lunch on day trips out to the area, this hotel serves up a nice selection of western style food which no matter how much you love Korean food can be a much-needed break on an extended tour of the DPRK. It is also possible to stay overnight here on an independent tour of the DPRK where you can take advantage of the hotel’s many facilities including Bars, Coffee Shops, A Barber / Beautify Salon, Swimming Pool, Massage, A Gym, Karaoke etc. Read more about one of our favourite lunch stops in North Korea here.
World Class Hiking
Mount Myohyang is truly a hikers paradise during the spring, summer and fall season. Trails range from easy to advanced, so there is something on offer for everybody. We personally recommend the fall season to see the amazing contrast in colours.
Something most people don’t expect from a tour to North Korea is a visit to a Buddhist Temple. Pohyon Temple, located just a short drive from the International Friendship Exhibition is one of the five famous Buddhist temples in the DPRK. Here you can meet the resident monks who still practice their religion here and take a tour of this historical and beautiful temple.
Also known as Dragon Cave in Korean. This massive network of cave tunnels was formed millions of years ago due to Limestone erosion. With an average temperature at just 11 degrees Celsius, this is the perfect place to explore during a hot afternoon in Korea. Tour’s take about 1 and a half hours and are accompanied by a friendly and very animated local guide who will take you around the expansive network showing off the various stalagmite formation.
Want to see Mount Myohyang for yourself? This year we currently have a few groups scheduled to go including our Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour, May Day Tour, Victory Day Tour, Pyongyang Study Tour, Liberation Day and Summer Tour and for 2020 our Spring Festival Tour.
If you are currently signed up for a North Korea tour that doesn’t include Mount Myohyang or none of the above work for you it is also possible to add our Mount Myohyang Extension onto almost every tour.
We also can make entirely bespoke North Korea Independent Itineraries for you allowing you to spend as much time at Mount Myohyang as you please.
For information on any of the above please don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking here or by sending an email directly to [email protected] where one of our staff members can assist you with any enquiries or through the tour booking process.
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