woraksan national park
Enjoy both natural treasures and cultural heritage consisting this famous hiking park

woraksan-national-parkA Seated Iron Buddha, found in Chungcheungnam-do, in the National Museum of Korea (Photo: Abbie)

woraksan mountain national park

Woraksan National Park is a beautiful mountain park (Hangeul: 월악산국립공원, Hanja: 月岳山國立公園) that nestles between northern Chungcheung and Gyeongsang provinces in South Korea.

Woraksan Mountain was designated as the 17th national park in 1984. Its highest peak, Yeongbong Peak, is over one thousand meters above sea level with 180-degree fantastic vistas of the surrounding areas.

The mountain houses more than a thousand plant species, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, various flora and fauna species, including the endangered animal species.

Among the many beautiful features, the mountain park has…

  • Main gorges: Songgye Gorge, Seonam Gorge, Yongha Gorge
  • Buddha statues and stone pagodas
  • Ancient Temples
  • Cultural relics, etc.

In particular, the famous Mireukri Temple is known for its beautiful temple relics and natural surroundings.

The temple houses a famous Standing Buddha statue and the Three-story Stone Pagoda which appeared in the stories about the last crown prince of Silla Dynasty called Maui Taeja.

Woraksan Mountain National Park is situated in between the connecting mountain ranges of Sobaeksan Mountain and Songnisan Mountain.1

This mountain park is famous for its steep and sharp-edged rocks, cliffs and various rock formations with shapes of tigers and other interesting shapes, especially among mountain hikers.

Many considered the mountain mysterious and enchanted while others revered it as a sacred mountain since the days of old.

Guksabong, in particular, is the one considered the most sacred of them all. Believers of the mountain god (Sansin) offers prayers and offerings including incense, food, drinks, and other symbols.

Woraksan Mountain has two higher peaks: Gudambong Peak and Oksunbong Peak. They both contribute to a beautiful harmony with Doraksan Mountain in Seonam Valley and Chunjuho Lake.

Historical & Cultural Features

The park is composed of various cultural and historical treasures that are being preserved. These features include…

  • Maae Stone Buddha in Deokjusa Temple
  • Deokju Fortress
  • Standing Stone Buddha of Mireungnisaji Temple
  • Religious and ancient relics

Woraksan Mountain’s Coverage
The mountain park covers parts of Jecheon City, Chungju City, Danyang-gun, and Mungyeong City.

In the north of Woraksan, Chungjujo Lake exists with its blue water; while in the east there exist beautiful vistas of Danyang and Sobaeksan Mountain National Park.

In the south of Woraksan, Mungyeong Saejae and Songnisan (Mountain) National Park surrounding it.

More Peaks Natural Sights

Among many famous peaks, Woraksan Mountain National Park is consists of…

  • Munsubong Peak (1,161 meters above sea level)
  • Haseolsan Mountain
  • Maedumak Peak
  • Daemisan Mountain
  • Hwangjangsan Mountain

Each of the mountains mentioned above is over one thousand meters high forming groups of mountains within Woraksan Mountain.

Danyang Jeokseong
Limestone Caves
Cheongpung cultural asset complex
Hot springs - Suanbo, Mungyeong, Mungang, Danyang


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