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    Flora of the mountains

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The plants change as you move up the mountain. Below 1,000 metres, you will see the usual temperate forest. Between 1,000 to 1,300 metres, the trees are shorter with wavy shapes due to the poorer soil conditions and cooler clouds gathering. Above about 1,300 metres, the tree line is reached and this zone only consist of grass and Azalea shrubs which bloom (beautiful pink flowers) during the summer months.

    Flora of the mountains, Sobaeksan NP
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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Maps and Signages (Part 3 of 3)

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Attached are more maps and signages:

    - Map of the mountains which is located on top of Birobong Peak.
    - Photos of the pink Azalea plants near the summit which bloom during summer.
    - Map of the park entrance area.

    Map of the mountains at Birobong Peak Photo of Azelea plant blooming in summer More photos next to the trail near the summit Map of the park entrance area
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    Weird tree bark

    by victorwkf Written Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Towards the top of Birobong Peak, there is an interesting and weird tree bark as shown in this photo. There is a signage explaining what this is, but unfortunately it is in Korean language which I do not understand :-)

    Weird tree bark, Sobaeksan National Park
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    Places for resting & toilet

    by victorwkf Written Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Along the trail up to Birobong Peak, there are toilets at the first 3km as well as at the halfway rest stop (see "restaurant" tip).

    Also, there are benches and resting pavillions along the way. If you are really tired, you can simply rest anywhere next to the trail so it is really very flexible. Important thing is to rest well and do not rush as there is enough time to reach the summit.

    Toilet located next to trekking trail Resting pavillion Benches for resting
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    Mountain stream

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: During the trek up Birobong Peak, the trail is along a mountain stream with nice running water which is good for photography. However, I am not sure whether the water here is safe enough for drinking, though I think it probably is :-)

    Mountain stream at Sobaeksan National Park
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    Maps and Signages (Part 1 of 3)

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Maps and signages are plenty at Sobaeksan National Park to guide climbers and provide information. They can be divided into the followings:

    - Direction signs which tell you the various trails and distance.
    - Educational boards on the local flora and fauna.
    - Information on the "do" and "don't", especially protecting the environment.
    - Locations and tel numbers for emergency calls.
    - Map of the national park and where are you.
    - Photos of the panorama views and the identities of important locations.

    A direction signage at Sobaeksan National Park
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    Tall trees

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: About 1.5km into the trek up Birobong Peak, there is an area with lots of tall trees are shown in the photos. The trees are very beautiful especially during autumn when their leaves turn to yellow colour.

    Tall trees during autumn, Sobaeksan NP
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    Views of the mountains

    by victorwkf Written Aug 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: While trekking in Sobaeksan National Park, you will have great views of the surrounding mountains and landscape. The sceneries are especially beautiful during autumn season due to the colourful foliage. Best time to see such sceneries is between late October to early November every year.

    More photos taken during my trek at Sobaeksan National Park are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

    Beautiful mountain views, Sobaeksan National Park
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    Autumn colours

    by victorwkf Written Aug 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: My fondest memory of Sobaeksan National Park is the beautiful autumn foliage colours of red, orange, yellow etc. The best time to view the autumn foliage colours is end of October to early November every year. The weather is also very good (cool and dry) during this period of time.

    More photos of the autumn foliage colours are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

    Autumn colours at Sobaeksan National Park, S Korea
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    • National/State Park
    • Photography

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    Maps and Signages (Part 2 of 3)

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 21, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Attached are more photos of the various maps and signages of Sobaeksan National Park. Overall, things are very well organised here. You will be OK as long as you do not wonder off the main trail.

    Map of trekking routes, Sobaeksan NP
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