Ahobiryong Mountains

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Ahobiryong Mountains
Chosŏn'gŭl
아호비령산맥
Hancha
阿虎飛嶺山脈
Revised Romanization Ahobiryeong-sanmaek
McCune–Reischauer Ahobiryŏng-sanmaek
Ahobiryong Mountains
Naming
Etymology Tiger Leaping Peak
Geography
CountryNorth Korea
Provinces North Hwanghae and Kangwon

The Ahobiryong Mountains is a mountain range stretching from north to south in central North Korea. The range straddles the border between North Hwanghae and Kangwon provinces. The most famous part of the range is located near Kaesong, the ancient capital of the Koryo dynasty, located in North Hwanghaew; because of its natural beauty, it is sometimes called the "Kumgangsan" of Kaesong.

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Etymology

The name "Ahobiryong" means "Tiger Leaping Peak" in Korean.

Historical and tourism significance

This region a tourist attraction, and the valley between Mts. Chonma (天摩山) and Songgo (聖居山) is home to the Pakyon Falls, one of the three famous falls of Korea, as well as the Koryo-era Taehungsan Fortress, which in turn encompasses two ancient Buddhist temples (Kwanumsa and Taehungsa. The Ryongtongsa Buddhist temple, which was the origin place of the Chontae sect, is also located in the mountains at the foot of Mt. Ogwan (五關山). It was once a place of pilgrimage, as it contained the ashes of Uichon, founder of the Chontae sect, but burned down in the 17th century. It was reconstructed between 2001–05 as an inter-Korean project.

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