Happy Folklore Thursday!

This seemingly simple peak has a charming legend.

Long ago, a dragon moved up through a mountain valley, hoping to make the long sojourn into the heavens. As the great creature slithered snake-like upwards, soil and stone was lifted and pushed forward in its wake, much of it being dragged along on the trek under the dragon’s chin. The dragon carved a way up a ridge that overlooked the valley. All of the soil and stone it had displaced and carried with it formed a peak where the tired dragon rested its chin. The dragon, gathering enough strength, made its final push and ascended into the heavens, leaving behind a peak that loomed over the valley. Since that time, this highland has been called Yongchul-bong — Dragon Rising Peak.

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