This photograph shows the highest point in all of Korea, Mount
Paektusan. At 9,000 feet in elevation, the snow-capped peak is much higher than the
surrounding hills. The mountain is a dormant volcano, crowned by the crater lake Ch'onji,
which means "Heavenly Lake" in Korean. The lake is clearly visible at the center
of the mountain. Paektusan is the legendary birthplace of Tan-gun, the mythical founder of
the Korean nation. North is to the top.
NASA Shuttle photograph #STS61A-0048-0008 and 27 (EarthRISE Archive).
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