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North Korea's 'Holy Land'

In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. Mount Paektu has long been considered the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and is a place of pilgrimage for tens of thousands of North Koreans every year, who are trained from birth to revere their leaders. Every year 100,000 North Koreans or more are taken on study tours to the camp, the mountain, and nearby revolutionary sites where relics of operations are preserved. Dressing in khaki uniforms said to resemble guerrillas' outfits and carrying red flags, they march to the summit of the volcano. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. Mount Paektu has long been considered the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and is a place of pilgrimage for tens of thousands of North Koreans every year, who are trained from birth to revere their leaders. Every year 100,000 North Koreans or more are taken on study tours to the camp, the mountain, and nearby revolutionary sites where relics of operations are preserved. Dressing in khaki uniforms said to resemble guerrillas' outfits and carrying red flags, they march to the summit of the volcano. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors wait to ride a funicular railway to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors wait to ride a funicular railway to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 11, 2019, shows a funicular railway leading to a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 11, 2019, shows a funicular railway leading to a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student carries a flag during a march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student carries a flag during a march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean students march as they visit Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean students march as they visit Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student brushes his hair after paddling in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student brushes his hair after paddling in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 12, 2019, shows guide Kim Un-sim(23) posing for a portrait before a replica of a cabin said to be used by Kim Il-sung at the 'Secret Camp, said to be the birthplace of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 12, 2019, shows guide Kim Un-sim(23) posing for a portrait before a replica of a cabin said to be used by Kim Il-sung at the 'Secret Camp, said to be the birthplace of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students play in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students play in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student holds a mobile phone as she stands before Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student holds a mobile phone as she stands before Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students stand in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students stand in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. Mount Paektu has long been considered the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and is a place of pilgrimage for tens of thousands of North Koreans every year, who are trained from birth to revere their leaders. Every year 100,000 North Koreans or more are taken on study tours to the camp, the mountain, and nearby revolutionary sites where relics of operations are preserved. Dressing in khaki uniforms said to resemble guerrillas' outfits and carrying red flags, they march to the summit of the volcano. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. Mount Paektu has long been considered the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation and is a place of pilgrimage for tens of thousands of North Koreans every year, who are trained from birth to revere their leaders. Every year 100,000 North Koreans or more are taken on study tours to the camp, the mountain, and nearby revolutionary sites where relics of operations are preserved. Dressing in khaki uniforms said to resemble guerrillas' outfits and carrying red flags, they march to the summit of the volcano. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors wait to ride a funicular railway to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors wait to ride a funicular railway to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean visitors ride a funicular railway as they descend from a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean visitors take photos after riding a funicular railway to a viewing platform near the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 11, 2019, shows a funicular railway leading to a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 11, 2019, shows a funicular railway leading to a viewing platform at Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student carries a flag during a march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student carries a flag during a march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean students march as they visit Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a group of North Korean students march as they visit Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student brushes his hair after paddling in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student brushes his hair after paddling in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 12, 2019, shows guide Kim Un-sim(23) posing for a portrait before a replica of a cabin said to be used by Kim Il-sung at the 'Secret Camp, said to be the birthplace of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, near Samjiyon. AFP
A photo taken on September 12, 2019, shows guide Kim Un-sim(23) posing for a portrait before a replica of a cabin said to be used by Kim Il-sung at the 'Secret Camp, said to be the birthplace of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students play in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students play in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student holds a mobile phone as she stands before Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, a North Korean student holds a mobile phone as she stands before Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', in the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students stand in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students stand in Chonji lake, or 'Heaven lake', as they visit the crater of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
In a photo taken on September 11, 2019, North Korean students pose for photos as they march to the summit of Mount Paektu, near Samjiyon. AFP
Shim Hyun-chul shim@koreatimes.co.kr


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