Songnisan National Park is located in the center of the Sobaek Mountains range, on the border between the provinces of Chungcheongbuk-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea. The area comprises the valleys of Hwayang, Seonyu, and Ssanggok and the 1058m mountain Songnisan, which has given the park its name. It was designated as the country's 6th national park in 1970. The park's most popular attraction is one of Korea's largest temples, the Buddhist temple Beopjusa, initially constructed in 653.
Songnisan became a national park in 1970. It is the 6th largest of Korea’s mountain parks with an area of 275 km2. The name means “Remote from the Ordinary World”—a reference to its somewhat isolated position in the very center of South Korea. The mountains belong to the southern arm of the greater Sobaek Range, and the park lies on the border between North Chungcheong and North Gyeongsong Provinces.
In 1999, someone decided to cash in on the name of a famous set of mountains in Europe by dubbing the ridge that connects Gubyeongsan, Songnisan, Gwaneumbong and Sanhakbong the Chungbuk Alps. The name is a little misleading, as the highest mountain here is only a humble 1,058 meters. On the English brochure available at the tourist center in the Songni-dong Bus Terminal building, it states: “A hiking path was opened and transformed into a commercial product.” This perhaps says something about how Koreans view their mountains and is a hint that hiking here might not always be peaceful and relaxing. The park gets about 1.5 million visitors a year.
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Songnisan National Park Reviews
The place is colourful in autumn. It has a large Buddha statue in the temple. Outside, it is a long level trail lined with trees. The male and female guards on horses stopped for me and gave me... more »
The National Park has something for everyone with small shops and restaurants lining the entry road, sculptures in the wooded park, beautiful hiking trails with frequent rest/tea shops, and temples... more »
Mount Songnisan National Park is a great place to visit especially for hiking. There are two different peaks that can hike to with awesome views. The trails are challenging in places. There are Buddhist temples in the park with great photo opportunities. It is best to plan a full day at the park. Hiking to one of the peaks will take 4-6 hours depending on your pace. There are several places to eat in the park or bring your own and have a picnic.
Beautiful and relaxing location to visit in S. Korea. The foliage colors are beautiful this time of year Nov. Highly recommended.
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