The volcano also goes by the name of Paektu-san in Korea and
Hakuto in Japan.
One of the four volcanoes in the Smithsonian Catalog with
a VEI eruption magnitude of 7.
The volcano is located on the border between the PRC and North
Korea, in fact the national boundaries were changed such that the border
now runs through the center of the caldera.
The crater lake, "Tian Chi", is held sacred by the
Korean people's since it is the source of the major rivers that run through
The volcano was "discovered" as a result of a peralkaline
ash that was found on the Japanese Islands and traced back to China across
the Sea of Japan. Such peralkaline materials are unique to the volcano in
Although not as popular or as well known as Fuji, it is featured
on the stamps of North Korea, South Korea, Manchukuo (Manchuria) and the
People's Republic of China.
It's frequent appearance on North Korean stamps is perhaps
in part due to the fact that Kim Jong Il was born there, or at least, is
officially announced as having been born there.
The summit caldera, depicted in the upper left stamp below
is approximately 6 miles across, about the same size as Crater Lake, Oregon.
The maxi-cards illustrated below depict the same four stamps.
And yet another view of same stamps on first day cover
Below shows text on back of first day cover
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