There are “Mong Spring” and “Mongchon Hermitage” at Lagoon Samil known as one of the “8 scenic spots of the Kwandong district” and famous for beautiful scenery of the lake.
Mongchon Hermitage was first built in Later Silla, thenceforth was repaired several times and burnt away in a big forest fire swept 280 kilometers over Ryongdong region in 1684. It was rebuilt 3 years later but nobody had taken care of it after ruined again. There remain some footstalls and step stones at the site of the hermitage with which the original figure can be guessed.
Mong Spring was named after that a monk in an agony of no well nearby when building this hermitage, dug a spring out where a white-haired old man pointed in a dream.
The spring is cold and tastes sweet different from the others. This spring being appeared in a dream, fragrant and very cold, nobody knows who and when did it but there inscribed the letters “Hyangryol” and “Mong Spring” on right and left side of the rock of the spring.
There is “Kumgang Gate” on which was inscribed “Sokson”(Stone Fan) about 100 meters away over to the mound on the right side from the Mong Spring.
There are two remarkably big rocks standing face to face at a same height among the grand rocks nearby laid and standing here and there, on which a flat rock was laid like a roof to form a natural stone gate. So its name was “Sokbi”(Stone Gate) too.
The stone gate of 5~6 meters high, 1.5~2 meters wide and 4~5 meters long, is so straight and imposing to be outstanding among the several Kumgang gates within the boundary of Mt Kumgang. The flat rock placed on the gate narrowed toward outside which is called “Sokson” since it looks like an opened fan and they say the gate is called “Kumgang Gate”, there being appeared another boundary of Lagoon Samil just out of it.
Getting through out of “Kumgang Gate”, there appear islets standing friendly on Sea Kumgang so close as if they are at arm’s length and the flocks of white herons flying in the island of the pine trees and rocks to add beauty to the scenery of Lagoon Samil, where the tourists spend a happy time being unaware of the passage of time.