Deogyusan National Park covers Geochang-gun of Gyeongsangnam-do and Muju-gun of Jeollabuk-do. Starting from Deogyusan Mountain's main peak, Hyangjeokbong, the ridges are about 1300m above sea level, and as it stretches southwestward for about 18km, it branches out in many directions to create a long series of mountains. For every branch of the mountain ridgeline, there are matching valleys at Deogyusan Mountain.
Among these valleys, Mujugucheondong Valley, stretching 25km from the Deogyu peak to Seolcheon River on the north, is the most famous. There are 33 wonderful scenes in the valley that are praised for their beauty, called Gucheondong 33 Kyeong. Susimdae is a valley 400m deep. Because water as clear as jade flows through here, it is also referred to as Suhwa.
Deogyusan Mountain also has three valleys that are grouped together: the Chilyeon, Jeoksang, and Munan. Among them the Chilyeon Valley is the most beautiful. It is famous for its Chilyeon Waterfall, where clear water passes by thick pine forest and winds through a series of rock formations. This water current has created seven ponds, and the way they are all lined up makes up for a very interesting view. Clear water circulates into each of these ponds, and then flows into another pond to create a series of seven segmented waterfalls. The Chilyeon Waterfall complements the surrounding old pine trees and maple trees. In the summer, many vacationers, and in the fall, people looking for autumn colored leaves visit this area.
Deogyusan Mountain has many beautiful valleys, waterfalls, pine forests, and intresting rock formations. Mujugucheon-dong local officials, in conjunction with the National Park Administration Office, provide visitors with many convenient facilities in order to make for a pleasurable stay.
deogyu.knps.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Years experience : Elementary to high school students
Experience Guide : Work experience program
Contact and Information : • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-63-322-3174
Parking facilities : Available (Samgong parking lot, Jeoksang parking lot, Pahoe parking lot)
Day off : N/A (Open all year round)
Hours : Open 24 hrs
Natural Preservation Areas (closed to public)
National Park Protected Areas
* San-6 Gongjeong-ri, Anseong-myeon, Muju-gun (until 2026)
* San-109 Samgong-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun (whole area, until 2026)
* San-6 Gongjeong-ri, Anseong-myeon, Muju-gun (until 2028)
* San-1 Samgeo-ri, Mupung-myeon, Muju-gun (until 2029)
* San-109 Samgong-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun (whole area except trails, until 2031)
* San-282 Weolseong-ri, Buksang-myeon, Geochang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do (until 2032)
* San-177 Jukcheon-ri, Anseong-myeon, Muju-gun (until 2032)
* San-1 Deoksan-ri, Anseong-myeon, Muju-gun (until 2033)
* Chilyeon Ravine 1: until 2026
* Chilyeon Ravine 2: until 2028
* Bottom of Hyangjeokbong Peak: until 2026
Mountain Not Access Period
Seasonal Forest Fire Watches
Spring: March 1 – April 30
Fall: November 15 – December 15
* To be decided by park directors based on fire weather advisories, snow/precipitation levels, and other local conditions.
Access to valleys prohibited during summer
Summer: July 1 - August 31
* Chimok Course: 2 Hours, 3.7km
* Wolseongjae Course : 2 Hours, 3.7km
* Hoenggyeongjae Course: 3 Hours, 6.4km
* Sinpungnyeong Course: 4 Hours, 7.8km
* Osujagul Course: 2 Hours, 4.2km
Visitor Information Centers: Gucheon Visitor Information Center
Shelters: Hyangjeokbong Peak Shelter, Satgatgoljae Pass Shelter
Campsites: Deogyudae campsite, fully-equipped campsite
Lodging: Natural House (log cabin, hwangto room), caravan
Compact cars 2,000 won
Small to Mid-sized cars: Low season 4,000 won / Peak season 5,000 won
Large-sized cars: Low season 6,000 won / Peak season 7,500 won
Reservation Info. for Natives
Online reservations available through Korea National Park Service's homepage.
159, Gucheondong 1-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do