You haven’t really experienced North Korea if you haven’t visited Paektusan, the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeastern China. The 2777m (9003ft) high mountain has a large crater lake on its top, which makes a trip to Peaktusan really unforgettable. The view from the top is simply beathtaking and amazing. But it is not only the very beautiful landscape that makes the mountain so attractive, it’s also Peaktusan’s cultural and mythological significance. Mt. Paektu has been worshipped by Koreans and Manchu people throughout history as their cultural birth place and their ancestral origin. For Koreans, Mt. Peaktu is a sacred mountain. According to North Korean sources, leader Kim Jong Il was also born on this mountain.