Mt. Naejangsan National Park
is a famous mountain in Jeolla-do, and the best montain in Korea for
autumn leaves. It is 76,032 sq km in size and became a
National Park along with Baekyangsa District on Nov. 17th,
1971. The name Naejang means 'many secrets' things in the
mountain, and because the beautiful fall scenery of Naejangsan
Mountain, when its leaves turn into a brilliant crimson, it is also
called the Geumgangsan of Honam.
Inside the park, there are
famous Waterfalls such as Dodeok Waterfall and Geumseon waterfall,
and Temples such as Baekyangsa and Naejangsa temples. If
you follow the valley to the left from the ticket booth, you can see
Dodeok Waterfall, with about 20 meters of water pouring down from
the cliff. Geumseon Waterfall has a legend that gods
bathed here, and it appears if you go further along the valley path
to the left. Baekyangsa Temple is both majestic and
serene in its atmosphere, surrounded by Gulgeori Trees that retain
their lush green leaves even in winter, and also the Bija
trees. Along with Baekyangsa Temple, the Naejangsa Temple
is the place to visit during the fall for its lovely autumn
leaves. Besides these, there are about 760 kinds of local
plants, designated Natural Monuments, and various wild animals
living inside Mt. Naejangsan Park.
The Park is beautiful not
only in the fall, but also in the spring when the azaleas and cherry
blossoms bloom, in the summer when the green mountain turns even
more green, and the winter when the rock cliffs cover themselves
with snow. All throughout the year, different kinds of
wild flowers bloom here.
From Jeongeup Bus Terminal, take a bus No.171 headed to Mt.
Naejangsan National Park.(Bus runs every 20 min)
Taxi takes 20 min.
Naejangsan National Park Information Center Tel: +82-63-538-7875
(Kor) Website: http://naejang.knps.or.kr/ (Korean,