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Mai Mountain

Mai Mountain

100 Noted Mountains in Korea

Mai Mountain
Location Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Height of the Mountain 673m
  • Mai Mountain
    Mai Mountain

    Mai Mountain

  • Mai Mountain
    Mai Mountain

    Mai Mountain

  • Mai Mountain
    Mai Mountain

    Mai Mountain

Overview

Maisan (Mt.) was designated as a provincial park on Oct. 16, 1979. The park is not so big, with the total area of 17.22km2. It covers 5 ri (towns) of Jinan-eup and 4 ri (towns) of Maryeong-myeon, and possesses lots of cultural assets and attractions.
The whole Maisan (Mt.) was designated by the government as a Scenic Spot No.12, and consists of two peaks, female Maibong (Peak), 673m tall, and male Maibong (Peak), 667m tall, both of which are composed of aqueous rocks. It was called Seodasan (Mt.) in Shilla, and Yongchulsan (Mt.) in Goryeo and since the Joseon dynasty it has been called Maisan (Mt.) as it resembles a horse's ear. Maisan (Mt.) was a fresh water lake until 100,000,000 years ago, in the late Mesozoic age. During the great flood, sands and pebbles flooded into the lake and filled it and the aqueous rock was formed by pressure of the water. Maisan (Mt.) was upheaved by crustal movement about 60~70 million years ago and finally formed. Even now fossils of fresh water fish are occasionally found and it is a masterpiece made by nature.
Maisan (Mt.) is called Dotdaebong (peak) in spring, Yonggakbong (peak) in summer, Maibong (peak) in autumn, and Munpilbong (peak) in winter. It also has a legend. Once there were two fairies, one male and one female who gave birth to their children here. Before they ascend to heaven, the male fairy said "Let us leave at night since none must see us", but the female fairy wanted to leave at dawn since she was afraid of the dark. But, at dawn a housewife came out to get some water, saw the two rising fairies and screamed with surprise. The male fairy, who realized that their ascension was impossible, got angry and snatched the two children away from the female fairy and kicked her away. Then he just sat down on the spot and became a 'rock mountain'. Although this legend has been transmitted by word of mouth, it is admirable. If you look at Maisan (Mt.) from Jinan, you can actually see two offspring peaks attached to the eastern father peak, and the western mother peak looks as if she were hanging her head for shame.

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