North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse on snowy, symbolic mountain

Seoul (CNN)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has taken a scenic -- and politically significant -- ride on a white horse on a snowy mountain that's considered sacred to many Koreans.

Photos released by North Korean state media KCNA Wednesday show the leader on the back of a white steed, cantering past trees and over mountain planes dusted with snow.
But it was no ordinary horseback mountain ride -- according to KCNA, Kim was taking in the first snow on Mount Paektu, one of the country's most important cultural and geological sites.
Paektu, a still-active volcano, is the highest point on the Korean Peninsula. According to legend, it's the birthplace of Dangun, the mythical founder of the first Korean kingdom some 4,000 years ago.