Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon Travel Guide

  • View of Naejangsan National Park, South Korea
    View of Naejangsan National Park, South...
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  • Naejangsan National Park, South Korea
    Naejangsan National Park, South Korea
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Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon Things to Do

  • Persimmon Trees and Fruits

    When you are at Naejangsan National Park and surrounding areas, you will notice many Persimmon Trees and with persimmon fruits on them. This temperate climate of this place is ideal for growing Persimmon Trees and other fruits and vegetables (you will see some farms while walking from Naejangsan tourist village to the Naejang Reservoir and Donghak...

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  • Torreya Forest

    Torreya is a genus of conifers trees which four are native to eastern Asia and the other two native to North America. There is a Torreya forest at Naejangsan National Park along the path from Wonjeonam Hermitage to Baengnyeonam Hermitage. In order for tourists to enjoy the forest, wooden walkways and stairs have been built.

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  • Geumseon Waterfalls

    When you are going up to Sinseonbong Peak or Kkachibong Peak, you will pass by a short detour which will take you to Geumseon Waterfalls. Once you reach there, there are metal steps which will lead you up the waterfalls. However, do not expect it to be a big waterfall. In fact during the dryer seasons such as autumn, there is very little water and...

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  • Yonggul Cave

    Near to Geumseon Waterfalls (while you make your way up Sinseonbong Peak or Kkachibong Peak) is the Yonggul Cave. In order to reach this cave, you have to climb quite a lot of steep metal stairs (see photo) but the nice view of the mountains are probably worth it. Next to the cave is an information signboard where you will learn more about the...

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  • Flowers at Naejangsan National Park

    While you are trekking in Naejangsan National Park during spring to autumn, you will be able to see some wild flowers, especially on higher altitude near the mountain peaks. These wildflowers are not very big, so you may need to be observant to spot them. one of the most common wildflowers here is the daisy which comes in 2-3 different colours.

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  • Seoraebong Peak (north face)

    One of the most prominent peaks of Naejangsan National Park is Seoraebong Peak (624 metres) because of its beautiful rocky peak. You can actually trek all the way up from the south face of this mountain and then descend on the north face (or vice versa). The north face of Seoraebong Peak is just next to the Naejang Reservoir as well as the famous...

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  • Seoraebong Peak (south face)

    The south face of Seoraebong Peak is inside the National Park itself and the Baengnyeonam Hermitage is built on the south face slope of this mountain. There are very good views of the south face of this mountain when you are at the cablecar station and viewing pavillon on the opposite mountain (Yeonjabong Peak). Best season to view Seoraebong south...

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  • Munpildae Rock

    Munpildae Rock is a rock which the Buddhist priests prayed. This rock is located on Yeonjabong Peak between the cablecar station and viewing pavillion. In fact, it is an easy walk from the cablecar station (about a few minutes) to reach the Munpildae Rock.

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  • Viewing pavillion near cablecar station

    When you take the cablecar up to Yeonjabong Peak, you must take a short and easy walk to a viewing pavillion at a cliff with great views of the surrounding mountains. This pavillion has 2-3 storeys and the best view is on the top where there are benches for you to sit as well as binoculars (you need to pay). There is also an information board to...

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  • Naejangsan Pond and Wuhwajeong Pavillion

    Before reaching the main park area of Naejangsan National Park, you will see a beautiful pond with the Wuhwajeong Pavillion. The best time to visit this pond is early in the morning when the water is still and you can see stunning reflections of the mountains (see travelogue section of this VT page for more photos). There is a bridge where you can...

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  • Colourful autumn leaves

    One of the most famous things about Naejangsan National Park are the colourful autumn leaves which are best viewed in early to mid-November every year. However, the problem is that there will be huge crowds during this period so you have to be prepared.Another option is to come earlier in mid-October. The leaves are not so colourful but there is...

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  • Yeonjabong Peak (675 metres)

    Yeonjabong Peak can be reached either by taking the cablecar or by trekking up from the bottom of the valley. This peak offers great views of the surrounding mountains, as well as the other mountains south of Naejangsan National Park. Even if you were to take the cablecar, you still need to do some steep climbing to be able to reach the top, so be...

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  • Sinseonbong Peak (763.2 metres)

    Sinseonbong Peak is the highest peak of Naejangsan National Park at 763.2 metres above sea level. This peak is located at the southern part of the amphitheater of peaks which form the national park.I managed to climb up to the top of this peak, which offers great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trek starts from a path next to...

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  • Road and path to main park area

    It takes about 30 minutes to walk from the park entrance to the main park area along the path and road. However, this is time well spent because of the beautiful mountain scenery as well as the greenery and flora (especially during autumn with the colourful maple trees lining the road).

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  • Park entrance gardens

    After going into the park entrance, there are some nice gardens just across the bridge. You should spend sometime to relax here (there are benches) especially during the autumn season.

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Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon Restaurants

  • Food and drinks during trekking

    When you are at Naejangsan National Park, there are several food and drink stores located near to the start of the major trekking routes. So when you are there, you can buy some food and cold drinks for your trek. However, the price here will be more expensive so an alternative is for you to buy them while you are at the Naejangsan tourist...

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  • Family Mart

    There is a Family Mart (24 hours convenient store) located just next to the bus terminal at Naejangsan tourist village. This Family Mart is an important place to buy various foodstuff e.g. biscuits, bread etc as well as drinks such as fruit juices, milk etc which will help especially for those on a budget. However, be take note the things in South...

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  • Restaurant at Prince Motel (Part 2)

    Attached are more photos of my meals at the Prince Motel at Naejangsan National Park. In order to include the meals in the stay at Prince Motel (which is 30,000 Korean won per night), I have to top up about 15,000 Korean won per day, which I think is worth it considering it is for breakfast and dinner (lunch is taken at the national park).

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Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon Transportation

  • Driving to Naejangsan and carparks

    If you are planning to drive from Seoul to Naejangsan National Park, take the Honam Highway going south of the country and exit at Jeongeup town or the expressway exits near to the park (the park area is just next to the expressway). Once you reach Naejangsan National Park, there are several very big carparks. This is especially important during...

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  • Walking - tourist village to reservoir...

    Attached are more photos of the leisure walk from the Naejangsan Tourist Village to Donghak Revolution Memorial Park and Naejang Reservoir (about 30 minutes one way). Personally, I really enjoyed this walk during the cool and dry weather of autumn. There is so much beautiful sceneries, plants and flowers along the journey, not to mention the...

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  • Walking - tourist village to reservoir...

    If you want to visit the Donghak Revolution Memorial Park and Naejang Reservoir from the tourist village area, the best way is to take a leisurely walk (about 30-40 minutes) especially during good weather. This is because the walking path will take you through some beautiful and relaxing sceneries such as the river, farmland, fields of daisy...

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Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon Shopping

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    There are several souvenir shops at the main park area near to the cablecar station and information office, selling various items ranging from local Buddhist crafts to paintings of Naejangsan National Park. There is also a souvenir shop next to the cablecar station near the top of Yeonjabong Peak.

    What to pay: The prices of the items range from about 2000 Korean won for a small item to much more for bigger items and paintings.

    A souvenir shop at Naejangsan NP
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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

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  • Naejangsa (Part 1)

    Naejangsa Temple is perhaps the most famous temple in Naejangsan National Park. Naejangsa Temple's original name was Yeongeunsa, built by Yeongeun Josa in 636 A.D. during the Baekje Period (B.C. 18~678). It had been destroyed and renovated many times, but during the Korean War, it's destroyed. It was reconstructed in the 1970s, and that is what...

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  • Naejangsa (Part 2)

    Here are more photos of the historical Naejangsa Temple for you to enjoy. There are also some photos of the temples and hermitages of Naejangsan National Park at the travelogue section of this VT page.Personally, I find Naejangsa Temple and other religious sites at Naejangsan National Park to be very peaceful and tranquil (really ideal to practice...

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  • Baengnyeonam (Part 1)

    Baengnyeonam Temple is designated a Local Treasure in South Korea, and it is said that this temple was the original Naejangsa Temple. Hwanhaeseonsa began to build the temple during the 20th year of King Uija of Baekje Dynasty (AD 660). Baekhakseonsa later remodeled the main temple Geungnakbojeon, Yosi and built Seon-dang(Hosangseorim) in 1925. This...

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Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon Warnings and Dangers

  • Weather at Naejangsan

    Naejangsan National Park experiences the distinct 4 seasons and it is opened all year round for visitors. However, trekking is only possible during spring to autumn (not possible in winter). Weatherwise and for beautiful scenery, the best time to visit is during autumn (November being at peak season for colourful autumn foliage). Spring is also...

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  • Warning signboards

    There are several warning signboards in the national park and you need to take note of them. Some of them will warn you that certain paths should not be taken because they are not the official paths of the various trekking routes. Also, there are warning signs which tell you to protect the environment, not to litter and camping is only allowed in...

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  • Follow the signboards

    During trekking at Naejangsan National Park, it is very important to follow the marked trekking routes and you should get a map from the tourist information office before starting. There are signboards (see photos) at the junctions which will tell you the various destinations and distances. If you have problems, there are wooden position markers...

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Naejangsan-kungnip-kongwon Off The Beaten Path

  • Ginkgo Trees

    When you are walking from the Naejangsan National Park entrance area to the main park area, you should take the side path across the bridge of the stream running parallel to the main road. The side path will be surrounded by trees and you will be able to see some ginkgo trees (the leaves of the Ginkgo trees are used to make the popular health...

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  • Freshwater fishes and aquatic life

    There is a huge stream in Naejangsan National Park and you can actually see fishes and other aquatic life in them (because the water is so clear). One of the best places to spot the fishes is at the section of this stream from the Naejangsan tourist village to the park entrance (about 50 metres from the park entrance).

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  • Fungus spotted during trekking

    Because of the moist and dark forest areas in some parts of Naejangsan National Park, you will be able to see some interesting fungus growing (especially on dead logs) which come in all shapes and colours. It is important not to damage or eat these fungus because most of them are likely to be poisonous.

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  • Fields of Daisies

    When you are walking from the Naejangsan tourist village to visit Donghak Revolution Memorial Park and Naejang Reservoir, there are several fields of daisy flowers enroute to these attractions. During summer to autumn, the blooming daisy flowers make this place very beautiful and good for taking photographs of nature. The daisy fields near to one...

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  • Fresh water from the mountains

    It is possible to drink the fresh and cooling water from the mountains of Naejangsan National Park. Around the park itself, there are several places (see photos) where there are drinking taps for you to taste the water or store it in a container for your trekking.

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  • Peaceful streams (part 1)

    One of the most peaceful and beautiful memories of Naejangsan National Park are the streams and rivers at the park itself. These streams and rivers are very scenic (good for photography, especially during peak autumn season together with colour leaves), and the fresh water from the mountains is extremely clear and refreshing. Also, you will be able...

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