|Coordinates:||38.6653 N 128.1343 E|
|No:||389 (list of all attractions)|
|Category:||Waterfalls, Sites of legends|
|Address:||Asia, North Korea, Kangwon, near Mount Kumgang|
|Name in Korean:||구룡폭포|
|Width:||˜ 4 m|
According to a legend, nine dragons once lived at the foot of Kumgang Mountain - they came here to protect this mountain. Hence the beautiful Kuryong Falls - Nine Dragons Waterfall - got their name.
This 74 m tall waterfall is located in one of most beautiful places in North Korea. Kumgang Mountains - Diamond Mountains have the second tallest peak in North Korea - 1,638 m tall.
Waterfall has formed on a steep (but not vertical) granite slope and ends in a 13 m deep pool. Waterfall becomes especially impressive in winter, when it is adorned with ice. Site is open to tourists, there are built pathways and special platform to enjoy the view.
Above the falls in a sharp and very steep bend of river have formed nine pools with waterfalls between them.
According to a legend eight fairies came to bathe in these pools. Young man saw them and fell in love.
Upon the advice of monk in nearby monastery he once hid gown of his beloved fairy. She could not return to heaven without this flying gown - and finally she married the young man.
They had three children - but fairy longed to get back her gown. Finally the kind man gave it to her - and she left her family and returned to heaven.
As the time passed, she felt, that that she can not live without her children and the beautiful scenery of Kumgang - and returned back.
See Kuryong Falls on the map of North Korea!
Devastating wars have not erased fully the unique heritage of Ancient and Medieval Korea, nature in North Korea is gorgeous and Koreans are deservedly proud of their heritage. Highlights of North Korea are ancient royal mausoleums, fortresses and walls.
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.