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About Taebaek Mountains 태백산맥

The Taebaek Mountains are a mountain range in stretches across North Korea and South Korea. They form the main ridge of the Korean peninsula.

Geography

The Taebaek mountains are located along the eastern edge of the peninsula and run along the eastern coast of Korean Peninsula. The Mt. Hwangnyong Mountain in North Korea (1268 meters) forms the northern end of the range. Busan lies at the southern end of the mountain range. This makes the mountain range a total length of over 500 kilometers, averaging about 1000 meters in height.

Prominent peaks of the range include Mount Seoraksan (1,708 m), Mount Kumgangsan (1,638 m), Mount Taebaeksan (1,566.7 m) and Mount Odaesan (1,563 m). To the east, the mountain range falls steeply into the sea, but to the west, there are more gentle slopes. Many spurs stretch southwest. The most important rivers of South Korea, the Han River and the Nakdong River, both originate in the Taebaek Mountains.

Ecology

Many of the slopes are extensively covered in forests.

Industry

Economically the Taebaek mountains are important for the mining of iron, coal, tungsten, and limestone.

Attractions

Manggyeongsa Temple in Hyeol-dong Taebaek, Yeongwol-gun County, Gangwon-do Province at an altitude of 1,460 meters on Mount Taebaeksan, is a temple built to enshrine the statue of the Bodhisattva of wisdom. It was built by Jajang, a Silla Dynasty monk. The "Dragon Spring" at the entrance of the temple is known as the highest spring in Korea.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, located in the mountains.

RESOURCES
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Taebaek Mountains", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

 

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