Many people think of South Korea as a place with a lot of big, high-tech cities and a lot of famous entertainment. But this peninsular country is also home to some truly beautiful natural places. You can find jagged mountains and lush forests all over the country, from the island-rich south to the north. Seoul is a city in South Korea. If you’re planning a trip there soon, make sure you set aside some extra time in your schedule to see its wilder side.
Seoraksan National Park
Jirisan National Park
In 1967, Jirisan became the first national park in South Korea. It covers more than 116,000 acres of land in three provinces. This huge area is home to more than 5,000 different types of plants and animals and historic Buddhist temples, and roaring waterfalls. It’s a place where people from all walks of life can come together. It’s not just elk and wildcats that make Jirisan home. The Asiatic black bear is by far the most well-known. Jirisan is undoubtedly South Korea’s best place to see these majestic animals in the wild. There are more than 50 of them in the park.
Bukhansan National Park
Bukhansan National Park is a great place to go if you’re looking for a break from the city. It’s in the north of Seoul, and it’s a great place to go if you need a break from the city. The 2,744-foot Baegundae is one of the park’s most famous granite peaks. In addition to its natural beauty, Bukhansan is also home to a very important artificial attraction. The Bukhansanseong is a stone fortress built-in 1711 in response to attacks from the Japanese archipelago and the Qing dynasty. It was built in the wake of these attacks.
Hallasan National Park
South Korea’s Jeju Island is known for its unique culture, tumultuous history, and abundant natural beauty, which you can see for yourself at Hallasan National Park on the island. Hallasan, a shield volcano about 6,300 feet tall, is South Korea’s tallest mountain, but it’s not the only natural thing in the park. There are also a lot of other things to see and do. The high altitude here has led to many native plants and animals, including hundreds of plant species, more than 350 bird species, and animals like the wild boar and Siberian roe deer.
Wolchulsan National Park
Wolchulsan National Park is South Korea’s smallest national park, but don’t let that scare you away. This roughly 14,000-acre preserve has a lot of interesting things to see and do in addition to its natural beauty. Visitors can walk across the Cloud Bridge, 171 feet long and 390 feet above the ground. They can also visit the Dogapsa, a beautiful Buddhist temple with ornate statues and detailed paintings about the life of the Buddha. Wolchulsan is a good place to go birding for people who want to see animals. There are more than 75 different types of birds in the park.