Almost a Capital -- The village of Seokgyeri, on the southern side of the mountain, was selected by King Taejo, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, to be his capital in the mid-1300s. But before construction could get fully underway, the king's geomancers (those who divine spiritual wisdom from the landscape) told him it was a poor choice, and that Seoul would serve his needs better. So the king halted construction, and all that's left today are a few stones marking what might have been the capital of Korea.
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