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Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain

Date of Submission: 25/05/2000
Category: Mixed
Submitted by:
Korean Cultural Relics Publishing House
Coordinates: Hyangsan County, North Phyongan Province 40°00' N / 126°13' E
Ref.: 1422

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Mt. Myohyang is the celebrated mountain famous for its curious, unique appearance and breath-taking scenery. Mt. Myohyang consists of steep mountain ranges and peaks as high as 1000~1900 meters above sea level stretching northwestward and southwestward from the Piro Peak, the top of the mountain. Mountain ridges winding in mild curves, peaks emerged from the clouds like giant figures, cliffs and rocks—all these make up the magnificent scenery. And the thick woods of various species of plants in Mt. Myohyang smell sweet, flavoring the beauty of the mountain according to the seasons. So Mt. Myohyang has been called "the mountain of curiosity, beauty and sweet smell". Its characteristics lie not only in its outatanding natural beauty, but also in the harmonization of cùltural properties with their surrounding natural landscapes. Mt. Myohyang is concentrated with many properties relating Buddibism, including some 20 temples, among which Pohyon Temple built in 1042 well represent the style of architecture and its evolution process peculiar to Korea. Particularly, the Archives of the 80,000 Wooden Blocks of the Complete Collection of Buddhist Sutras, the world's most complete Buddhist sutras published in the 13th century, are preserved in their original state in Mt. Myohyang.