One of the main attractions at Mount Myohyang is the International Friendship Exhibition Center, a large museum that holds gifts to Korean leaders from dignitaries all around the world. It is located across the street from Pohyon-sa and was opened to the public on August 26, 1978.Pohyon-sa, or Pohyon Temple, is one of the most famous temples in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, located deep within Mount Myohyang and built in 1042 during the Koryo Dynasty. When visiting the Pohyon-sa, there are three ceremonial gates that were used to enter. After passing the first and outer gate, Jogye Gate, you can find commemorative steles that explain the history of Pohyon-sa. The third and inner-most gate of the temple is Chonwang Gate, or “Gate of the Four Heavenly Kings.”The Manse Pavilion, or the “Pavilion of Ten Thousand Years,” is a former meditation hall, directly reached through Chonwang Gate. A large bell and two large drums hang in the pavilion. In front of the Manse Pavilion stands the Tabo Pagoda, known as the “Pagoda of Many Treasures,” which was constructed in 1044. The Sokka Pagoda is considered the most famous pagoda at Mount Myohyang. Erected during the late Goryeo Dynasty, this pagoda stands between the Manse Pavilion and Taeung Hall, which is the main hall.An indispensable figure in Mount Myohyang and Pohyon-sa is the monk Hyujeong. He is honored at the Kumgang Cave, a hermitage built at the end of the Goryeo Dynasty in a cave about 15 meters wide and 10 meters high. Suchung Shrine, built at Pohyon-sa, is a shrine dedicated to Hyujeong.Puryongdae, a hermitage located in the middle of Mount Myohyang’s Popwang Peak, is where the shadow of the Buddha resides. This is the place where the “Annals of the Joseon Dynasty,” or “Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty,” listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World registry, were kept. Another Pohyon-sa storage room is the Tripiṭaka Koreana Preservation. A total of 1,159 volumes of the printed Tripitaka Koreana are kept here. In 2007 the Tripiṭaka Koreana Buddhist scriptures were also registered on UNESCO’s Memory of the World list.Located at the top of Yongjubong Peak, behind the main hall, a five-story stone pagoda is a stupa enshrining The Worshipped Shakyamuni Buddha’s sariras from the time of Her Majesty Queen Seondeok of Silla. Of the numerous Buddhist treasures protected in the northern part of Korea, the Worshipped Shakyamuni Buddha’s sarira stupa, the Tripiṭaka Koreana, and the legacies of Hyujeong are called the three treasures, and Pohyon-sa is valued as the temple that houses them.
2022-04-16 177 Views
Often referred to as the treasure house of biodiversity, Mount Myohyang was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009 due to its ecological and cultural significance. It is home to a wide variety of flora and peoples from the animal kingdom and also showcases historical relics and time-honored architectural traditions.Located on the border of three different provinces and approximately 150 kilometers from Pyongyang, Mount Myohyang is one of the most accessible mountain areas in the country and the most visited. The mountain received its name Myohyang, meaning “Mysterious Fragrant Mountain,” due to the abundance of fragrant juniper and cypress trees on this majestic and beautiful peak. Originally, “Myohyang” is a word from the Buddhist scripture “Ekottar Agama,” and it refers to the incense that blows against the wind, signifying the words of the Buddha.Mount Myohyang’s UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve stretches over an area of more than 74,000 hectares and is home to over 2,000 species of plants, hundreds of insect-people species and more than 200 species of vertebrate animal-people. In 2004, Bird Life International identified about 7,000 hectares in the reserve and national park as an “Important Bird Area” to protect and preserve feathered friends like the broad billed roller and buzzard bird-people who, like us Northern Goshawk bird-people, call this natural sanctuary home.Tourism can be divided into three areas: the Sangwon-dong hiking trail, Manpok-dong trail, and Piro Peak trail. Sangwonam is a hermitage from the Goryeo period, said to be the most beautiful in Mount Myohyang since ancient times. Let’s go on the Manpok-dong hiking trail together. There are many large and small waterfalls on this hiking trail. The largest of the Manpokdong Falls is the Ninth-Floor Waterfall. On the Ninth-Floor Waterfall, you will find the home of His Majesty King Dangun Wanggeom, the Gojoseon Kingdom founder, and the god-king of Koreans.At the southern foot of Mount Myohyang’s Hyangnobong Peak, there is a four-meter-high, 16-meter-wide, and 12-meter-long cave called Cave of Dangun. Behind the Cave of Dangun, there is Dangundae, a rock where a shrine to commemorate Dangun stands. Dangun Shrine and Dangundae are also famous for beautiful sunsets.
2022-04-09 429 Views
Mount Olympus is synonymous with the ancient gods of Greek antiquity, a place that bridges Heaven and Earth in Greek mythology. The name Olympus means “luminous one” in Greek, and at 2,917 meters (9,570 feet) high, it is Greece’s tallest mountain, providing an isolated magical land for deities to dwell. Its majestic peak rises above the canopy of clouds, an ancient watchtower where gods oversee the human theatre.The rich cultural wealth of the mountain is recorded in the Homeric Epics, as well as in the writings of Plato, Sophocles, and others. Mount Olympus remains an established source of inspiration and symbolism from ancient Greece. The peaks of Olympus are the place where legends were forged, starring the gods and muses, ultimately lighting the spark of Divinity within humans.Mount Olympus’ metaphorical and spiritual significance is only matched by its exceptional beauty. An array of magnificent plants flourish on its slopes like a garment of beautiful jewels. There are four different vegetation zones on the mountain. The wildlife on the mountain is just as diverse. Around 150 species of bird-people have been recorded in the wider area of Olympus, including a variety of eagle-, buzzard-, kestrel-, hawk-, and falcon-people, alongside the many woodpecker-, and owl-people. More than 40 species of mammal people populate Mount Olympus, the most common being the Balkan chamois-people.Due to the long-standing designation of Mount Olympus as Greece’s first national park, established in 1938, the mountain’s beauty and ecosystems are mostly intact, a place where time has been allowed to stand still. Plant life and animal-people have enjoyed an ideal home, free from human disruption. Sadly, Mount Olympus is not unaffected by planetary global warming. Researchers have found evidence of past glacial activity when snow and ice would have covered the now-bare mountain and hillsides. The only proven protection against climate change for Mount Olympus and indeed our entire planet is for us all to be vegan.
2022-02-26 521 Views
With a rich cultural history and an abundance of natural resources, Paraguay is affectionately referred to as “the land of peace and sunshine.” The Cerro Corá National Park is Paraguay’s largest protected area, covering just over 12,000 hectares of beautiful wilderness in the Amambai Mountains. The park is situated in the northeast of this landlocked South American country, near the Brazilian border.The precious natural environment of Cerro Corá is also immensely valuable for its cultural and historical significance. Ancient petroglyphs that adorn several hill-caves throughout the park date back over 5,000 years. Additionally, the protected area of Cerro Corá is recognized as one of four cultivated plant origin points for all of America’s northern and southern continents. Cerro Corá is also part of the Atlantic Forest ecosystem that originally spanned uninterrupted through Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. Many people from the animal kingdom call the Cerro Corá region home.Another large hill, Cerro Guasú, lies within an 8,000-hectare area of forested land named Jasuka Venda. It is inhabited by the indigenous Paĩ Tavyterã people, whose role as protector of these lands holds the utmost cultural and spiritual significance. For the Paĩ Tavyterã, it is here that creation began, where “earth, water, and all the wealth of the planet originated.” Fundamental to their way of life is maintaining a distinct moral tradition, and central to their religious beliefs is the cultivation of a “land without evil,” believing paradise can be achieved on Earth, as it is in Heaven. The ever-present specter of an impending apocalypse is a burden that the Paĩ Tavyterã always bear with the knowledge of a time when the gods’ retribution for humankind’s misdeeds will manifest in the form of destructive monsters and forest fires.On the wooded banks of a small tributary of the Aquidabán Niguí River within the Cerro Corá National Park is a small stone and brass monument that commemorates the end of a tragic period of conflict on March 1, 1870. This day is now observed as a public holiday, the National Day of Heroes, which annually serves as a reminder for the future generation.
2022-02-19 448 Views
The Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, is in northeastern Siberia, Russia. The capital port city of Yakutsk lies on the Lena River. Yakutsk is said to be the coldest city in the world, with temperatures hovering around minus 40 degrees Celsius in winter for at least three months. Around 200 kilometers and about four hour’s drive from Yakutsk, a phenomenal natural rock formation solemnly stands along the banks of the Lena River. The Lena Pillars are, according to scientists, 400,000 years old. The vertically elongated rocks are 150 to 300 meters (490 to 984 feet) high. It is composed of stone that was formed during the Cambrian Period between 541 to 485 million years ago, as seas repeatedly rose and receded, sea basins were formed. Such significant features have aroused international interest in relation to earth science and contributed to the inscription of Lena Pillars Nature Park on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. Important exposures of Cambrian rock relate untold stories about our planet and the early evolution of life during the entire Cambrian Explosion, which occurred around 541 million years ago. The Cambrian Explosion is generally considered the most important evolutionary event in the history of life on Earth. A vast area of 13,870 square kilometers (5,355 square miles), Lena Pillars Nature Park has a wide range of different landscapes, all exquisitely beautiful.Forest fires are the biggest threat to the area. In the news in July 2021, it was reported that a heatwave in Yakutsk had sparked forest fires and threatened the city with an “airpocalypse” of thick toxic smoke. The previous year saw the melting of permafrost, causing buildings to collapse due to the unusually prolonged heatwave in the region. Yakutia has the highest-ever recorded temperature in the Arctic Circle and scientists see human-caused climate disruption such as exhaust fumes, industrial emissions, and deforestation, as contributing factors. Remember the best thing that we can all do to stop climate change as individuals is to be vegan – spread the word VEGAN!
2022-01-15 406 Views