Historical Relics Discovered on Shores of Lake Chon
Date: 14/09/2018 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source
A historical relic from the period of feudal Joson dynasty was unearthed during an intensive survey on the shores of Lake Chon on Mt Paektu, which was conducted by an academic research group of the History Faculty of Kim Il Sung University, the general prospecting team of Lake Chon on Mt Paektu and the Samjiyon Revolutionary Museum.
The newly discovered altar is located in a small basin of Hyangdo Peak on the shores of Lake Chon.
It is almost square with its base being 36 metres long and wide and its surface being 15 metres long and 12 metres wide and it is 9 metres high.
Two epigraphs, or inscriptions on stone monuments, were also found together with the relic.
One of them has more than 20 letters inscribed on a stone 140 cm long and 80 cm wide, which says that sacrifices to the god were performed to pray for power in the early period of the feudal Joson dynasty.
Another one is written in ink on a stone slab 26 cm long and 20 cm wide. It also has over 20 letters, which says sacrificial rites were performed to pray to the heaven and earth for good health of a princess.
The relics serve as material evidence proving that the Korean ancestors had already built an altar on Mt Paektu and offered sacrifices long ago.
The academic research on the shores of Lake Chon on Mt Paektu marked an important occasion in demonstrating once again that the Koreans had historically regarded Mt Paektu as their ancestral mountain and the sacred one of the nation and worshipped it since ancient times. It is also of great significance in elucidating the history of Mt Paektu.