Wolchulsan National Park

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Wolchulsan National Park
월출산국립공원, 月出山國立公園
IUCN category II (national park)
Wolchulsan mountain peak.jpg
View of the mountain Wolchulsan
Location Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Coordinates 34°44′38″N 126°40′30″E / 34.744°N 126.675°E / 34.744; 126.675Coordinates: 34°44′38″N 126°40′30″E / 34.744°N 126.675°E / 34.744; 126.675[1]
Area 56.6 km2 (21.9 sq mi)
Established 11 June 1988
Governing body Korea National Park Service
http://english.knps.or.kr/Knp/Wolchulsan/Intro/Introduction.aspx

Wolchulsan National Park (Korean: 월출산국립공원, 月出山國立公園) lies in Jeollanam-do province, South Korea. Designated as a national park in 1988, Wolchulsan National Park is South Korea's smallest at only 56.6 km2 (21.9 sq mi).[2]

The park takes its name from Wolchulsan, or Mt. Wolchul in Gangjin and Yeongam counties. The highest peak in the park is Cheong-hwang-bong, with an elevation of 809 m (2,654 ft).[3] Also contained in the park are 3 national treasures and a number of local cultural properties.

Points of interest[edit]

  • Dogapsa Temple (도갑사), South Korean National Treasure #50. The Buddhist temple has yet to be restored since it was burned down during the Korean War.[3]
  • Wolchulsan Seated Buddha, South Korean National Treasure #144, is an 8.6-metre-high statue (28 ft).
  • Wolchulsan Sculpture Park, set on roughly 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) of land.
  • The "Cloud Bridge" (구름다리) is a 52-metre-long suspension bridge (171 ft) at a height of 120 metres (390 ft).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolchulsan National Park". protectedplanet.net. 
  2. ^ "Wolchulsan: Intro". Korea National Park Service. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Hae-Jin Lee, Cecilia (2010). Frommer's South Korea. Frommer's. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-470-59154-3. 

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