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The Spellbinding Allure of Seoul’s Fake Urban Mountains

Mountains have always been central to Korean identity. In Korean mythology, the god Hwanung came down from heaven to rule Earth from Mount Taebaek. North Korean propaganda teaches that Kim Jong-il was born on Mount Paektu, the peninsula’s highest peak; the Kim dynasty is known as the Mount Paektu Bloodline. In South Korea, where mountain …

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