You may be surprised to learn that South Korea is not all bright lights and modern cities – it actually has over 20 National Parks. That’s pretty impressive in such a small country – we took a look at the best National Parks in Korea to find out where you can get a taste of nature and fresh air.
The Bukhansan national park is the closest national park to Seoul and therefore is very popular. It has some great hiking trails, temples, and scenery and makes a great break from the hectic life in the city, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Korea.
Chiaksan is also close to the capital and it has a lot of valleys and rocky ridges characterizing its open spaces. The hiking here is quite challenging and there are some lovely temples and waterfalls to visit.
The largest national park in the country is found in Jeollanam-do province, which is in the southwest of Korea. And it is also notable for being a marine park. There are only four marine parks in the whole country. There are three islands in the national park, Heuksando, Baekdo, and Hongdo, and from here you can see thousands of examples of different bird and plant species, as well as a lot of underwater life.
This Korean national park is one of the best-loved in the country as it is home to some stunning mountain ranges and a variety of flora and fauna. It is particularly impressive for its collection of pine trees as well as other tree species, which means it is a popular place to visit in the autumn or fall as the leaves change color.
This is a historic national park and notable for being the capital city of the ancient Silla Dynasty. This park is impressive for its gardens, temples, and other historic structures and it is a peaceful place to visit and soak up some of the past.
This national park has it all – a great mix of mountains and forests, cliffs and beaches. There are many different hiking trails and the coastline is very impressive. This national park is not as busy as some of the others but it truly does offer something for everybody. It is a great place to enjoy a camping trip.
This is the largest national park in South Korea that is all based on land. At Jirisan there are some wonderful scenic views across the landscape and many hiking trails to explore. The variety of flora and fauna is impressive, as too are the temples scattered around the park to explore.
The mountain range in this national park is impressive and also features a very old temple – Beopjusa Temple which is located at the foot of the mountains. It was built in 653. This national park is a national favorite and is located in the center of Korea, making it easily accessible for most people in the country.
Hallasan is located in the south of the country on the island of Jeju. It contains the highest mountain in the country, Hallasan, and there are many different trails you can take to see various parts of the island.
The cliffs in Mudeungsan are over 70 million years old and are very impressive. There is also a temple to visit in among the rock formations, and many trails to walk to discover more of the park.
This national park has the largest area of woodland in the country and it is located in Gangwon province. This park is full of wildlife and has plenty of floral life in the spring.
Sobaeksan is probably the best national park to visit in the winter time since it has a lot of beauty in this season. And it is also a great place to visit in the spring when it is alive with wildflowers. This park is in the center of the country.
One of Korea’s marine parks, Taeanhaean has masses of coastline and plenty of beaches, cliffs, and islands to visit. It is a spectacular place located on the west of the country and it is also famous for its large sand dune.
Wolchulsan National Park is famous for its Cloud Bridge, a suspension bridge that stretches 52 meters across the gorge. It is a place full of peaks and trails, waterfalls and mountains. It has a lot of natural beauty and the trails are available in varying levels of difficulty.
Woraksan National Park is famous for its valleys and its beautiful waterfalls. It is a great place to visit lakes, especially Chungju Lake, and there are also some hot springs to enjoy when you get tired climbing mountains and hiking valley trails.
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