If you are an environmental-friendly person and enjoy with the nature, you should not miss out the beautiful national parks in Korea, where are the home to many different kind of animal, bird, marine and plant species. Also, Korean national parks provide an unforgettable trip as they are extremely spectacular and attractive. And mostly, the national parks are located in South Korea, and the best season to visit those national parks is summer or late summer as the temperature is suitable to take a wander or hiking. And below is the top 10 the best national parks in Korea, where millions of tourists drop by every year.
1.Seoraksan National Park:
Located on east-central Korean peninsula, Seoraksan national park was named as a tentative World Heritage site by South Korean government and UNESCO. In 1965, South Korean government was nominated Seoraksan national park as a natural reserve while the UNESCO was nominated it as a biosphere reserve in 1982. It is the best national park for everyone who is environmental-friendly and is enthusiastic with the nature and exploration. It is the home of plenty of rare taxa of flora and fauna. Also, there are more than 1013 species of plant, and it is the home of other rare plants. There are a wide range of mountain ranges; the highest mountain is Daecheongbong at an altitude of 1,708 meters. The overall size of this national park is 398.22 km2.
2.Juwangsan National Park:
Located in North Gyeongsang province in South Korea, Juwangsan National Park is a part of the Taebaek mountain range. The total size of this national park is 107.42 km2. It is the home to 88 species of plants and 924 species of animals. The most attractive places in Juwangsan national park are Daejeonsa temple, Jusanji Lake, hermitage of Juwangam and Baekryeonam, and Dalgi waterfall.
3.Gayasan National Park:
Gayasan national park is laid from the top of South Gyeongsang province to the bottom of North Gyeongsang province. It covers more than 160 Km2. There are two beautiful mountains located at this national park; they are Sangwangbong at an altitude of 1430 and Chulbulbong above sea level of 1433. In 1966, it was announced as the Scenic site by the Korean government and in 1972 it became the official national park of Korea. It is the home of 100 bird and animal species and 380 plant species. The most attractive sites are Haeinsa which is a standing Buddha figure carved into sheer rock face, Yongmun Falls and Hongyudong Valley.
4.Jiri-san National Park:
Situated on the boundaries of Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do, and Gyeongsangnam-do, and also situated on the boundaries of the town of Namwon, Gurye, and Hamyang, Jiri-san was designed as the first national park in South Korea in 1967. The total size of this national park is 471.75 Km2. This national park is surrounded by streams and rivers creating pristine waterfall at the side of the park; that makes this national park to be more attractive and beautiful.
5.Taean Haean National Park:
Taean Haean is located along Korea’s West Sea; it was designed in 1978. It is quite a remote area, so to reach to the national park visitors need to spend a lot of time and effort. The best season to visit Taean Haean national park is during summer, and the hot spot of this park is Taean peninsula where attracts million visitors every year. It is the home of 1195 animal species, 774 plant species and 671 marine species. It covers the land area of 840 Km2 and the marine area of 749.32 Km2.
6.Songnisan National Park:
Located in the center of the Sobaek mountain range, on the border between Chungcheongbuk-do province and Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Songnisan national park is a popular national park of Buddhist temple. The total size of the park is 274.54 Km2. It is the home to many marine and bird species and endangered animals such as the small-eared cat and Marten. Now, the Ministry of Environment is preserving those endangered species.
7.Bukhansan National Park:
Bukhansan national park is situated in Gyeonggi-do province, South Korea; it covers the area of 79.92 Km2. It is known as Samgaksan (Triangle Mountain) because it has three peaks; there are Baegunbong, Insubong and Mangyeongbong. It is also known as hiking paradise as it has many ridges and valleys. Besides known as the paradise of hiking, Bukhansan national park is a must see park due to its 1300 plant and animal species and 100 Buddhist temples and hermitages.
8.Hallyeohaesang National Park:
Situated in Gyeongsangnam-do province, South Korea, Hallyeohaesang national park is a hot spot to visit because of its Odongdo island, which is famous for its beautiful sunrise and sunset and subtropical plants, Haegeumgang of Geojedo, Bijindo island, which is well-known for its native plants, i.e., Palsonyi Tree and Hansan island, where is ground that General Lee Sun-Shin won the Imjinwaeran ( the war between Japan and Korea in 1592). Hallyeohaesang national park is also known as the paradise park due to its pristine seashores, spectacular sea and island. Summer is the best season to visit this national park.
Located in Chungcheongnamdo province, Byeonsan-bando national park covers the area of 154.71 Km2. With this size, there are 996 animal species and 877 different vascular plants in the park. The thing that you should not miss to see at Byeonsan-bando national park is Sambyeon; there are Byeonjae, the long and straight pine tree, Byeonran, the wild orchids, and Byeoncheong, the honey. It is also beautiful for its sunset view that attracts many visitors every year.
10.Chiaksan National Park:
Chiaksan national park is located in Gangwong-do province; there are 821 plant species, 2364 animal species and 34 endangered species. The first name of park is Jeokak, related to a mythical story that a man was rescued by pheasant when he was in danger. Then, its name change to Chiaksan, meaning pheasant. The hot spots are Daewungjeon, Guryong waterfall, the Turtle Stone, Tiger Stone and Dragor Stone.