Songnisan National Park - A Hiker's Delight!

Songnisan National Park is one of the eight most scenic attractions in South Korea and is the central part of the Great Paekdu Mountain Range, bridging northern ecosystems and south ecosystems of the Korean peninsula.

The water source of three rivers, the Han River, Kum River and Nakdong River is the highest peak of chonhwangbong (1,057m). The mountain presents a superb view of eight peaks, including Pirobong and eight platform mountains, including Munjangdae.

Songnisan means "Remote from the Ordinary Mountains" and this National Park is a natural paradise not to be missed. This is one park that is definitely not ordinary and is located in a rural and hard to reach area in the Chungcheongbuk-do Province in central South Korea.

This place is a magnet for hikers with heaps of excellent walks and in fact some of the best hiking trial in Korea.

Fast Facts

- Buddhist culture abound in every part of this district and in particular, Popchusa contains many cultural artifacts including National Treasure No. 55 - Palsangjon Hall.

- Hwayangdong Valley is noted as the place where Uam Song Shi-yoi, renowned Confucian scholar of the Chosun Dynasty stayed for a period of time.

- The easiest way to reach the Popchusa district from Poun is through Maltijae

- The route passes Maltijae, the red pine minister rank bestowed Popchusa, and the place where King Sunjo's umbilical cord is buried (a custom popular among monarchs of the Chosun Dynasty)

- Beopjusa Temple, one of the largest and most magnificent and built in 553 AD is found here. The temple was burnt to the ground during the Japanese invasion in 1592. You can find a five-storey pagoda and an impressive 33m or 108ft high one piece bronze Buddha, the largest standing statue in the Orient.

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