Contest #454: Mount Paetku, border of China and North Korea

An active stratovolcano with a large caldera lake (named “Heaven Lake”), Mt Paetku sits on the Chinese/North Korea border.

Baekdu Mountain Winter

Following the death of Kim Jong-Il in December of 2011, the official, state-sanctioned broadcaster for North Korea, KCNA (Korean Central News Agency), reported some serious things happening on Mount Paetku.

The official line is that Mr. Kim was born there (even though Soviet records show him as being born in Vyatskoye in far eastern Russia while his father was stationed there during WWII). Upon the mountain realizing that he died, KCNA states that a furious snow storm paused and the ice built up on the lake cracked so loud “it seemed to shake the Heavens and the Earth”. They further reported that following the storm’s sudden end, the metal signs that Kim had installed in 1992 on the mountain that spell out”Mount Paektu, holy mountain of revolution. Kim Jong-il. 1992-2-16″ – glowed brightly until sunset.

Mount Paektu3

Those who embraced the glow included:

  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Robin
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Glenmorren
  • Max_Power
  • Ann K.
  • steven simmons