Explore Korea's beautiful Mt. Mudeungsan in Gwangju
published: May 18, 2018
Mudeungsan Mountain National Park covers an area of 75.425 square kilometers that includes the northern and eastern areas of Gwangju Metropolitan City as well as parts of Jeollanam-do (Damyang-gun and Hwasun-gun counties).
It was first made a provincial park on May 22, 1972, but was later designated National Park No. 21 on March 4, 2013.
For a mountain over 1,000 meters tall to be located close to a population center of over one million people is a rare occurrence not only in Korea but also in the world. An unparalleled landmark of Gwangju, it appears to enfold the city in grandeur.
The national park offers 61 stunning natural views, including the Jusangjeollidae Overlook (pillar-shaped columnar jointed cliffs formed by the cooling and contraction of lava into pentagonal or hexagonal shapes), consisting of the Seoseokdae (literally, “auspicious rock pillars”) and Ipseokdae (literally, “standing rock pillars”) Overlooks, as well as other interesting rock formations.
Hikers can choose from a variety of mountain trails based on personal preference, physical condition and experience, which makes the park a popular hiking destination for people of all ages.
The park is also a habitat for a total of 3,668 species of animals and plants, including eight endangered species such as the Eurasian otter, the Manchurian black water snake, the leopard cat, and the yellow-throated marten.
Highlights of the mountain area include Jeungsimsa Temple, Wonhyo Valley, Ullim-dong Ancient Stone Tomb, Jisan Recreation Area, traditional culture centers, Uijae Art Gallery, Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park and Pyeongchon Village & Ceramics Workshop amongst a host of others.
Peak season falls from May 1st through November 30th, and some fees are applicable.
You can find out more about Gwangju at the Gwangju Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
Mudeungsan National Park Office Address: 29, Dongsan-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju City Tel: +82-62-227-1187 Fax: +82-62-230-2099 E-mail: email@example.com
Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park
Traditional Culture Center