The Geography of Korea
- Mountains take up 70% of Korea.
- There are more than 3,000 islands in Korea, including Jeju-do, Ulleung-do, and Dok-do.
- Although Korea’s has a total of 17 administrative districts, it all comes down to 6 provinces.
Today, we will share the 6 most famous mountains in each province of Korea.
These 6 mountains are all designated as national parks as well.
1. 북한산 (Bukhansan)
- The highest and the most famous mountain in Seoul.
- It’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most visited mountain per unit area.
- It’s not an easy mountain just because there are many people.
2. 설악산 (Seoraksan)
- It’s a stone mountain.
- It has one of the highest difficulty levels of hiking.
- It belonged to North Korea before the Korean War, but it was reclaimed by South Korea as the 38th parallel line was drawn.
3. 속리산 (Sokrisan)
- During the Silla period (57 BCE), it was a place where national rituals were held.
- Various shapes of rocks decorate the mountain beautifully.
- It’s not a difficult mountain to climb compared to other mountains.
4. 지리산 (Jirisan)
- It was designated as Korea’s first national park in 1967.
- It has been called the spiritual mountain of the nation.
- Over 1600 species of plants inhabit and more than 74 Asian black bears live in the mountain.
5. 덕유산 (Deogyusan)
- People can go up by taking a gondola ride from Muju Resort.
- The mountain is famous for its beautiful snowflake scenery.
- It’s also well known for walking the mountain along the ridge.
6. 한라산 (Hallasan)
- It’s the highest mountain in South Korea.
- It’s an active volcano that has a magma chamber underground.
- There’s a lake called Baeknokdam in the summit crater. It means ‘a pond where a white deer drinks water.’
???? Questions for UoH Friends :
Which mountain do you want to go the most?