|Jirisan National Park|
|2015-01-19 18:50:00 bygeneral 2634Hits 1Reviews|
|Jirisan is a mountain in the southern region of South Korea. Some Koreans see it as one of the three most important mountains in South Korea, with Hallasan and Seoraksan being the other two.|
Jirisan National Park
The 1915m-high mountain is located in Jirisan National Park. The park spans three provinces (North, South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang) and is the largest in Korea. The largest proportion of the national park is in the province of South Gyeongsang. The highest peak of the mountain, Cheonhwangbong is also located in this province. Another well-known peak is Samshin-bong (Three Spirits Peak).
There are seven major Buddhist temples on Jirisan. Hwaeomsa is the largest and best-known temple among these. It contains several national treasures, mostly stone artworks from about 600–900 CE. The mountain is also home to the Cheonghak-dong (Azure Crane Village) alpine valley, which includes the Samseonggung (Three Sages Palace), which is a site celebrating one of Korea's foundation myths.
Every year more than 280,000 people visit Jirisan. Summer and autumn are the most popular visiting seasons. The mountain is listed is advertised as having 10 scenic views. These are ‘Sunrise from Cheonwang-bong peak’, ‘Nogodan Sea of Clouds’, 'Banyabong’s Nakjo’, ‘Full moon at Byukso-ryung’, ‘Piagol Autumn Leaves’, ‘Royal Azalea Blossoming’, ‘Chilseon Valley’, ‘Seomjincheongryu’, ‘Buril water fall’, ‘Yeonha-Sunkyung’. Jirisan National Park has several hiking routes.
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Jirisan National Park is a big place. THe massif itself is 320km in circumference, and along its main ridge alone there are about 10 high peaks and 85 smaller peaks. Unlike Mt. Seoraksan, with its jagged peaks and dramatic, granite cliffs, Mt. Jirisan is a gentler, broader landscape of curved ridge lines, high plateaus and verdant forestes. It's the perfect place for multi-day hikes.
1. Piagol Course
The Main Valley of Jirisan Mountain
· Distance : 8.2km
· Estimated time : 4 hrs 44 mins
· Difficulty : Normal
They say there are three things that are red in Piagol: The leaves, ponds, and the people. The Piagol Course starts from the Yeongok Hiking Information Center and passes through Jikjeon Village, Pyogomakteo, Samhongso, and Piagol Shelter before reaching the Piagol Samgeori. The total distance is about 8.8km, which takes about 5 hours of hiking. The course is for intermediate-level hikers. You can lodge in the mountain depending on your next course.
2. Baengmundong Course
The Shortest Distance to Cheonwangbong Peak on the Northern Side of Jirisan Mountain
· Distance : 15km
· Estimated time : 10 hrs
· Difficulty : Normal
Baengmudong is the main point of departure for those who want to climb the Cheonwangbong Peak in the northern part of Jirisan Mountain. The trail course that starts from Baengmudong and passes through Hadongbawi Rock and Jangteomok before reaching Cheonwangbong Peak is the shortest route to Cheonwangbong Peak in the northern part of Jirisan Mountain. The travel distance is 7.5km, and it takes about 5 hours 30 minutes to reach the top.
3. Nogodan Course
The Convenient Way to Enjoy the Mountain Scenery
· Distance : 3.2km
· Estimated time : 1 hrs 11 mins
· Difficulty : Easy
The Nogodan Course is more popular among tourists rather than hikers, since the road is relatively wide and there are parking lots, restaurants, auto shops, shelters, and bathrooms along the road. There are also stone steps and unpaved roads accessible to visitors. The unpaved road is gently sloped but winds around the mountain, so it takes about 30 more minutes to reach the end. The stone steps in front of the Nogodan Shelter leads to the Nogodan Pass, and it passes through the mountain road on a few different locations.
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If you can visit only one temple on Mt.Jirisan, make it Hwaeomsa Temple. Founded in 544 AD in the kingdom of Baekje by an Indian monk, the monastery came into tis own in 634 when it was expanded by the great Silla monk Uisang, who founded in Korea the Hwaeom("Avatamsaka")school of Buddhism, from which the temple takes its name. The Hwaeom school bases its philosophy on the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Garland Sutra, and stresses the universal oneness of all things.
The monastery is acornucopia of Korean national treasures. The most impressive among these is the grand, two-story Gakhwangjeon Hall, built in 1643 and one of the biggest Buddhist halls in Korea. On its altar are Buddhist triad and four bodhisattva. Particularly beautiful are the graceful pillars that hold up the ceilingㅡthe curve of the original wood was left as is, to great visual effect.
Also spectacular are the great stone lantern in front of the Gakhwangjeon, carved in the Unified Silla Era, and the very unusual Unified Silla-era pagoda hel aloft by four stone lions. These are just the tip of a very deep architectural and artistic iceberg, howeverㅡbe sure to take your time exploring.
The longest valeey in Jirisan National Park is the Chilseong Gyegok ("Seven Fairies Valley"), a 16km stretch of rushing water, deep primeval forests and very rugged terrain leading from the village of Chuseong-ri to Cheonwangbong Peak. The path is punctuated by seven waterfalls and 33 ponds. The deeper you go into the valley, the rather sobering title "The Valley of Death," and in winter, Korean teams preparing to scale the Himalayas come here to practice their ice-climbing skills.
※ You need to get permission to kike (only 40 people a day) by reserving a spot in advance.
Call 055-960-5114 for reservation details.
Accommodation and Transport Info details : http://eng.jirisantour.com/
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