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North Korea Travel Guide: Mt. Kumgang

Mt. Kumgang


Mt. Kumgang Introduction

Mt. Kumgang, Kumgangsan, or 'The Diamond Mountain', is a place so beautiful that celestial fairies once descended from heaven to play in its woodlands and bathe in its crystal streams beneath towering pinnacles of rock.

Mt. Kumgang is one of North Korea's 5 Celebrated Mountains

Beyond celestial beings, the mountain has attracted generations of travellers from Korea and beyond.

The Mt. Kumgang mountain range is a must-see for any foreign tourist visiting Kangwon Province and has been a centre for inter-Korean cooperation as the only area in North Korea which was accessible to South Korean tourists.


Mt. Kumgang Highlights


This beautiful area made up of basalt columns rising from the sea is often depicted in the media however rarely visited by foreign tourists. A very photogenic area perfect for a lunch break however not always open to visitors.

Hyundai Resort Area

Until 2008 this area was open to tourist from South Korea who flocked to the area in huge numbers.

Whilst the shops and facilities at the site are now all closed, it is interesting to take a look at the old shopping area and former circus.

Samil Lagoon

A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined with pine forests.

Named after the ‘three day’ (sam-il) visit of a king during feudal times to take in the beauty of the area. A buoy floating in the lagoon marks the spot where Kim Jong Suk, the mother of Kim Jong Il, showed off her marksmanship skills.



Basalt columns in North Kumgang area. 

Mt. Kumgang Accommodation

Mt Kumgang Hotel

Comfortable and clean hotel with scenic views of the mountains and forests. Hot water and electricity are generally quite reliable here. The hotel has pleasant bars, a good gift shop, expensive international calls, a massage parlour and a small sauna.

Outer Kumgang Hotel

Decent hotel at the Mt Kumgang Tourist Village built for South Korean tourists (so South Korean adapter necessary)

Reunion Hotel

A hotel used primarily for North-South family reunions which take place in the Kumgang region.

Sijung Guesthouse

Technically located outside of the Kumgang mountain range this hotel offers a good option if you’re after a small, basic but relaxing retreat. The hotel even offers sludge bath medical treatments (if you dare).

Mt. Kumgang Transportation 

The drive between Hamhung and Mt. Kumgang goes along the beautiful coast road.

This drive takes around 4 hours - but you won't want to sleep during it for the beautiful views! 


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