Chiaksan National Park

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치악산국립공원, 雉岳山國立公園
Chiaksan National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
LocationGangwon-do, South Korea
Nearest cityWonju
Coordinates37°19′48″N 128°02′49″E / 37.330°N 128.047°E / 37.330; 128.047[1]Coordinates: 37°19′48″N 128°02′49″E / 37.330°N 128.047°E / 37.330; 128.047[1]
Area181.57 km2 (70.10 sq mi)[2]
Established31 December 1984
Governing bodyKorea National Park Service

Chiaksan National Park (Korean: 치악산국립공원, 雉岳山國立公園) is located in the province of Gangwon-do, South Korea. It was designated as the 16th national park in 1984.[2] The park is named after the 1,288-metre (4,226 ft)[3] mountain Chiaksan, which in turn had its name changed from Jeokakasan to Chiaksan, meaning "Pheasant Peak Mountain", based on a myth about a man who saved a pheasant from being eaten by a snake.[4] The park is home to a total of 821 plant species and 2,364 animal species. Among the animals 34 are endangered, including the Flying squirrel and Hodgson's Bat.[2]


  1. ^ Chiaksan National Park
  2. ^ a b c "Chiaksan: Intro". Korea National Park Service. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  3. ^ An Gyeong-ho (2003). 신 한국 100 명산 ('The New' 100 Korean Mountains). Seoul: 깊은솔 (Gipeunsol). p. 427. ISBN 978-89-89917-07-6.
  4. ^ Hae-Jin Lee, Cecilia (2010). Frommer's South Korea. Frommer's. p. 382. ISBN 978-0-470-59154-3.

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