Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Sobaeksan National Park was designated as National Park No. 18 in December 1987. The features of Sobaeksan National Park include wild flowers and royal azaleas in the spring and snowy scenery in the winter. The mountain borders three provinces and four cities being the backbone of Korea’s terrain. Attractions include various peaks, temples and waterfalls. The mountain is especially popular in May when royal azaleas are in full bloom and natural forest tunnel is formed. Birobong Peak of the mountain is covered with snow six months of the year, being called the Alps of Korea.
1152, Jungmisan-ro, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Jungmisan Recreational Forest unfolds at the end of a lovely drive along the famous Nongdachi-gogaegil road (the highest ridge road in the vicinity of Seoul). The forest boasts a striking landscape of thick groves of trees and a view overlooking Namhangang River. During some mornings, the forest’s log cabins are veiled by a thick fog, further adding to the beautiful natural ambience.
Rising 834 meters above sea level, Jungmisan Mountain is a popular sunrise destination frequented by throngs of hikers every year. Thick forests of pine trees create a rooftop of branches from spring to fall. Being surrounded by tall mountains of Baegunsan, Yumyeongsan, and Yongmunsan, Mount Jungmisan feels like it is in the inner mountainous region of Gangwon-do, although it is close to Seoul.
The forest has log cabins that can accommodate groups of 4 to 10 people as well as campsites that seem to complement the surrounding natural environment. Visitors can enjoy a comfortable walk through the trees on a trail that winds through the heart of the forest.
Socheong-ri, Ongjin-gun, Incheon
Socheongdo Island located approximately 210 kilometers northwest of Incheon is a quiet, little island. The island is full of oddly formed rocks and visitors can enjoy sea fishing throughout the year. There are two fishing villages on the island with various sea life for fishing.
159, Gucheondong 1-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Gucheondonggyegok Valley is located within Deogyusan National Park approximately 25 kilometers from Najetonmun, the entrance of the valley. The valley is famous for its 33 scenic points including Najetongmun, Sushimdae, Gucheonpokpo Waterfall and Yeonhwapokpo Waterfall. The valley is popular all year round with cool shade in summer, fall foliage in fall and snow landscape in winter.
Donghandugi-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Famous for its beautiful nightscape, Yongyeon Pond was formed by fresh water collecting at the end of a mountain valley before meeting the salty sea water. The pond is so deep that the bottom cannot be seen. The wooden Yongyeon Cloud Bridge crossing the pond and the pavilion are in harmony with the valley landscape. Legend has it that the pond was created by the water raining down off of a dragon that ascended to heaven. The name, meaning Dragon Pond, also comes from the belief that the dragon of Yongduam (Dragon Head Rock) just 200 meters to the West would come to this pond to play.
175, Dorim-ro, Gokseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Dorimsa Temple was built by Monk Wonhyo in 660 during the 7th year of King Muyeol. Located approximately 4 kilometers west of Gokseong-eup, the temple houses Bogwangjeon (a Buddhist sanctuary) and many buildings such as Yaksajeon Hall and Eungjindang. The nature surrounding the temple is a popular place to visit during the hot summer season.
Hwangmaesan-ro 1202beon-gil, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
One of the last mountains of the Taebaek Mountain Range, Hwangmaesan Mountain is located in Sancheong, Gyeongsangnam-do. The mountain features fantastic rock formations and a beautiful vista from the summit that resembles arpricot blossoms. It is said that anyone who prays from the summit will have their wish come true, drawing in plenty of earnest hikers. In May, a large field near the summit is covered in vibrant pink royal azaleas. Attractions on the mountain include Bakjwigol Valley, Norubawi, Heundeulbawi, Janggunbawi, Chotdaebawi, Geobukbawi and Sinseonbawi Rocks among others.
176, Misong-ro 303beon-gil, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Seolli Skywalk in Namhae offers panoramic views of the entire area. The first asymmetrical cantilever bridge in the nation, the skywalk stands at 36 meters off the ground and stretches 79 meters with a x_width of 4.5 meters. Nearly 43 meters of the length are on the suspended side of the cantilever, the longest in the nation. At the end of the walkway is a swing, designed with a them of "swinging in Bali."
Buk-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
Daecheongbong Peak in Seoraksan Mountain, at an altitude of 1,708 meters, is the highest peak among the Taebaek Mountain Range, providing amazing view all year round. With various flowers in spring, clear and fresh stream water in summer, fall foliage in fall, and snow covered mountain in winter, Seoraksan Mountain is the most beautiful mountain in Korea.
The inner section ("Naeseorak") of the mountain stretches from the borderline of Hangyeryeong Pass and Misiryeong Pass to Inje-gun in the west. There are various valleys and waterfalls not to be missed as well as several hiking courses that represent the mountain.
801, Seorak-ro, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
Seoraksan Mountain, the highest amid the Taebaek Mountain Range, boasts beautiful landscape and scenery all year round. To the east of Hangyeryeong and Misiryeong Passes is classified as the outer section ("Oeseorak"), to the west is the inner section ("Naeseorak"); and to the south of Hangyeryeong Pass as the southern section ("Namseorak").
The southern section is famous for its mineral water, hot springs, and waterfalls including Yongsopokpo, Sibipokpo, and Yeosinpokpo Falls. Jeongbongsan Mountain (1,424.2 meters) is also included in the area. There are also several different hiking courses varying in distance and duration.
25, Sangtaedo-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
Taedo Islands located between Hongdo Island and Gageodo Island comprise of three islands. The island in the middle is called Sangtaedo Island, the island next in line is Jungtaedo Island, and the last is Hataedo, the southernmost island located nearest to Gageodo Island. Deep and clear waters surrounding the islands make for a perfect habitat for marine life. Taedo Islands are popular for seaweeds that grown on rocks, often collected by hanyeo (woman divers). People on Taedo Islands have great respect for nature and performs rituals every year on Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) for prosperity and safety at sea.
397, Cheonmundae-gil, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do
Byeolmaro is a public astronomical observatory built on the peak of Bongnaesan Mountain (alt. 799.8 m) in Yeongwol. The term ‘Byeolmaro’ combines the words byeol (star), ma (peak) and ro (peaceful). Together, they collectively represent the wish to view stars in a clean and peaceful environment. The observatory has a variety of telescopes, including one with a diameter of 80 centimeters. The observatory also has accommodation facilities, audio & visual rooms, and a lecture hall, making it suitable for educational programs.