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Seoraksan National Park
설악산

korea

First Listed

2014

Area
398.24km2

Pilot Site

This site is undergoing the renewal of its IUCN Green List Certification

Why is it Green Listed?

Seoraksan National park was designated the 5th national park in Korea in 1970 and chosen as a nature preservation area on November 5, 1965 Also, internationally recognized for its rare species, Seoraksan is the area in Korea to have been designated as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO in 1982, and in IUCN recognized its rich natural resources and labeled it category Ⅱ(National Park).

The total area of Seoraksan National park is 398.24 Km2 and it is divided among the areas of Inge-gun, Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun, and Sokcho-si, Naeseorak (Inner) is in Inje, Naeseorak (South) is the area from Hangyerteong (Ridge) to Osaek, and Oeseorak (Outer) lies in the eastern area across Sokcho-si, Yangyang-gun, and Goseong-gun. Including its main peak, Daecheongbong, Seoraksan has a total of 30 imposing peaks spread across its territory such as Hwachaebong, Hangyeryeong, and Madeungryeong.

Over 2,000 animal species live in Seoraksan, including the Korea goral, Musk deer, and Other. There are also more than 1,400 rare plant species, such as the Edelweiss, here as well.

“Seoraksan National Park is the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Korea and is a popular destination for foreign tourists. I wish to share the beauty of Seoraksan NP with the world, through the IUCN Green List.”

LEE, Jin bum, Superintendent, Seoraksan National Park

Site Attributes

WDPA ID
768

Size
398.24km2

Designation(s)
National Park

IUCN Category
II

Year Established
1970

Marine Protected Area
No

Governance Type
Federal or national ministry or agency

Site Agency
Korea National Park Service

Site Manager
Hae ill LEE

EAGL Chair
Jong Geel Je

ASI Reviewer
Matthew Durnin

Site Summary

Seoraksan National Park was added to the Green LIst during the Pilot Phase in 2014.

With its highest point, Daecheongbong Peak, located 1,708 m above ground, Seoraksan Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea, boasting a variety of colorful flowers in spring, refreshing clear water streams in summer, vibrant autumn foliages in fall, and a scenic snow-covered landscape in winter. With the mountain changing in color according to each season, a visit to Seoraksan Mountain guarantees a picturesque landscape any time of the year. Hangyeryeong and Misiryryeong serve as a boundary line dividing Oeseorak (Outer Seorak), located towards the East Sea, and Naeseorak (Inner Seorak).

The Oeseorak is a home to gigantic waterfalls such as Biryong Falls, Oryeon Falls, and Towangseong Falls as well as notable rock formations such as Ulsanbawi Rock and Geumgang Cave. Convenient facilities are gathered around Seorak-dong, making the area one of the busiest region within Seoraksan National Park.

Noteworthy hiking courses include Biseondae-Madeungryeong course and Biseondae-Cheonbuldong-Daecheonbong Peak course.

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