Must see National Parks

national parks in korea

With the sun shining bright and flowers blossoming, a walk into the nature is a perfect treat for a weekend escape. South Korea is full of national parks, there are 20 of which you can choose from, including 3 marine parks. Let’s have a look to some of them!

1. Jirisan National Park

Jirisan National Park

Mountain valleys, majestic waterfalls, and towering peaks, Jirisan National Park has the proud distinction of being Korea’s first official national park. The Jirisan Mountain Range extends across three of Korea’s southernmost provinces: Jeollabuk-do, Jeollanam-do and Gyeongsangnam-do. The mountain is home to 6 temples in the Gyeongsangnam-do area alone (Ssanggyesa Temple, Daewonsa Temple, Naewonsa Temple, Beopgyesa Temple, Chilbulsa Temple and Silsangsa Temple) and is revered in part for its stunning scenery. The Chilseon and Hansin valley areas are particularly well known for their beauty and are frequented by tourists throughout the year.

2. Bukhansan National Park

Bukhansan National Park

Bukhansan Mountain was officially designated as a national park in 1983. The Bukhansan National Park covers both Bukhansan and Dobongsan Mountains, and spans the total area of 80.699㎢. At the top of Bukhansan Mountain are Baegundae Terrace (836.5m), Insubong Peak (810.5m) and Mangyeongdae Terrace (799.5m), which gave the mountain the nickname “Samgaksan” or the “three-horned mountain”. The current name, Bukhansan, was given as the Bukhansanseong Fortress was built under King Sukjong of Joseon Dynasty.

3. Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan Mountain boasts beautiful landscape and scenery all year round. To the east of Hangyeryeong and Misiryeong Ridges is classified as Oeseorak, to the west is Naeseorak; the Osaek District in the southern region of the Hangyeryeong Ridge is also known as Namseorak.
The Namseorak area is famous for its mineral water, hot springs, and waterfalls including Yongso Falls, Sibi Falls, and Yeosin Falls. Jeongbongsan Mountain (1,424.2m) is also included in the area. There are also several different hiking courses varying in distance and duration.

4. Dadohaehaesang National Park

Dadohaehaesang National Park

In Dadohae there are 1,700 islands! It has a unique maritime topography created by coastal erosion over a long period of time. It is filled with beautiful natural scenery with warm-region plants growing in abundance. Dadohae is also where Jang Bo-go, a historical maritime figure, built a maritime kingdom in the Silla period and it served as a maritime trade road in Goryeo times. In addition, in the Joseon era, it was a battlefield where Admiral Yi Sun-shin defeated the Japanese troops. The area near Balpo Beach in the southern Goheung-gun and the entire oe-naro-do are designated as a national park zone.

5. Wolchulsan National Park

Wolchulsan National Park

The name Wolchulsan has a meaning of  ” the mountain where the moon rises”. Starting with the Cheonhwangbong Peak (809m) at the center, the whole area is filled with rocky mountain peaks which all look special and unique.
When you get to the top of Wolchulsan Mountain, there is a large flat granite rock that can fit up to 300 people. Staring down from here gives you a great view of Wolchulsan Mountain. Climbing down from the top, you can cross the arched bridge, 120m from the ground, 52m long, and 6m wide. It takes a bit of courage to walk across this bridge.

Are your feet itchy yet?^^