Songnisan National Park (Korean: 속리산국립공원, Hanja: 俗離山國立公園), is a beautiful and popular mountain park on the midst of the Sobaek Mountains range and between the provinces of Chungcheongbuk-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea.
Songnisan is the name of the mountain Songnisan from which the park derived its name. This mountain is over 1,000 meters high and is surrounded by the valleys called Hwayang, Seonyu, and Ssanggok.
Songnisan National Park was designated at the 6th national park of South Korea in 1970.
The spectacles of the sharp granite peaks, rock formations, cliffs, and deep valleys earned Songnisan Mountain as the smaller version of Geumgang Mountain (the beautiful and famous ‘golden’ mountain located in North Korea).
Songnisan National Park offers not only its natural mountain beauty but also anything (or everything) that belongs to its domain. See some of them...
Aside from the natural beauty of the park’s natural environment, it is also popularized by a cultural heritage treasure and attraction--Beopjusa Temple which was first built in 653.
Beopjusa Temple is one of the country’s largest and most beautiful temple areas.
A well-known sitting Buddha statue, Maaeyeoraeuisang, is a Buddha sitting on a lotus flower position. The statue suffered some damages but has kept its original fineness.
Cheongdongmireukbul is considered one of the gigantic Buddha statues in the world. Aside from these treasures, you will also find more national monuments within and surrounding the temple area.
Trees and Flowers
Both locals and foreign hikers come to Songnisan National Park to exercise, explore, and experience the beauty of nature in various seasons.
Visitors enjoy the pinkish and calming cherry blossom flowers in the Spring. They enjoy the verdant leaves of pine trees. They love the colorful autumn leaves and thread on the white virgin snow in the Winter.
Songnisan National Park is open all-year-round to all visitors. However, due to extreme weather conditions, mountain fires, and other emergencies, the park will be closed until further notice.
To ensure that you don’t waste your time and resources traveling to the place, you may call the following numbers for confirmation of the park’s present status. (Most of the time, it is available, and emergencies seldom occur)
Songnisan National Park’s Office: +82-43-542-5267
Hwayang-dong Annex: +82-43-832-4347
Ssanggok Waterfall Annex: +82-43-832-5550
The following are the trails or courses open to the public...
Being a mountainous national park, Songnisan offers diverse hiking trails for for its visitors.
Munjangdae Course (12km, 5hrs 30min):
Beopjusa Hiking Support Center → Sesimjeong → Munjangdae
Munjangdae Course 1 (6.6km, 4hrs):
Hwabuk Hiking Support Center → Osong Waterfalls → Munjangdae
Munjangdae Course 2 (9.3km, 6hrs):
Hwabuk Hiking Support Center → Osong Waterfalls → Munjangdae → Sesimjeong → Beopjusa Hiking Support Center
Sinseondae Course 1 (9.6km, 5hrs):
Beopjusa Hiking Support Center → Sesimjeong → Munjangdae → Sinseondae → Sesimjeong → Beopjusa Hiking Support Center
Sinseondae Course 2 (9.7km, 5hrs):
Hwabuk Hiking Support Center → Osong Waterfalls → Munjangdae → Sinseondae → Sesimjeong → Beopjusa Hiking Support Center
Cheonwangbong Peak Course 1 (15.1km, 8hrs):
Beopjusa Hiking Support Center → Sesimjeong → Munjangdae → Cheonwangbong Peak → Sesimjeong → Beopjusa Hiking Support Center
Cheonwangbong Peak Course 2 (12.4km, 6hrs):
Hwabuk Hiking Support Center → Osong Waterfalls → Munjangdae → Sinseondae → Cheonwangbong Peak (천왕봉) → Sesimjeong → Beopjusa Hiking Support Center
Source: Visit Korea
Parking Area is available at Seonnyu-dong parking lot. Parking fee depends on the size of your vehicle and the season you visit. It starts from 2,000 to 7,500 Won per vehicle.
Restrooms are available
No strollers for kids
Getting into the park is for free, but getting inside the Beopjusa Temple area is not free. Adults, Students, and children shall pay at various rates and whether it is individual or group.
Camping Area Rental Rates
Please, note that the rates below serve as guide and not fixed rates as they change depending on the season or any changes...
There are three types of buses that travel to Songnisan.
Seoul Central Bus Terminal to Songnisan (3 hours; 16,500 Won)
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal - Cheongjusi - Songnisan (3 hours & 10 mins; 17,600 Won)
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Songnisan (3 hours 30 mins; 16,900 Won)
There are trains available which can only take 1 hour and 30 minutes in total travel time. But it can be costly. Anyway, here they are…
KTX: Seoul Station to Osong Station (45 minutes, 17-46,000 Won);
Taxi: Osong Station to Songnisan Park (47 minutes, 55-75,000 Won)
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