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Deogyusan from Hyangjeok Peak.jpg
Photograph of Deogyusan, taken from Hyangjeok Peak
Highest point
Elevation1,614 m (5,295 ft)
LocationJeollabuk-do and Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Korean name
Revised RomanizationDeogyusan

Deogyusan, formerly spelled Togyusan, is a mountain in South Korea. Its highest peak is 1,614 meters above sea level.


Deogyusan stands on the border of Jeollabuk-do and Gyeongsangnam-do, covering portions of Muju and Jangsu Counties in Jeollabuk-do and Geochang and Hamyang Counties in Gyeongsangnam-do.[1]

Deogyusan stands on the Baekdudaegan, the mountainous spine of the Korean Peninsula. It is composed of numerous ridges which rise to various local peaks; the highest (by which the mountain's elevation is measured) is Hyangjeokbong.[2]


Deogyusan is the cornerstone of Deogyusan National Park, established 1975. The attractions of the park include the Chiryeon Waterfall and Cheoksan mountain fortress. It is also famous for the winter ski resort of Muju.

Animal and plant life[edit]

Approximately 250 animal species and 600 plant species are found in the Deogyusan area. An Amur Leopard was shot on Deogyusan in 1960, a few years before the species disappeared from South Korea. A total of 893 species of plants and 33 species of mammals, 122 species of wild birds, 2,206 species of insects, 9 species of amphibians, 13 species of reptiles and 23 species of freshwater fish were found. The distribution of major flora shows that broad-leaved trees and coniferous trees are distributed in the forest.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ An 2003, p.111.
  2. ^ Oh, Changwhan; Lee, Byungchoon; Lee, Seunghwan; Kim, Myungdeok; Lee, Boyoung; Choi, Seunghyun (2016-10-31). "The tectonic evolution and important geoheritages in the Jinan and Muju area, Jeollabuk-do". Journal of the Geological Society of Korea. 52 (5): 709–738. doi:10.14770/jgsk.2016.52.5.709. ISSN 0435-4036.
  3. ^ "Deogyusan, Encyclopedia of Korean Culture". Naver, Encyclopedia of Korean Culture.


  • An Gyeong-ho (2003). 신 한국 100 명산 ('The New' 100 Korean Mountains). Seoul: 깊은솔 (Gipeunsol). ISBN 89-89917-07-7.

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Coordinates: 35°51′38″N 127°44′47″E / 35.86056°N 127.74639°E / 35.86056; 127.74639