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Taebaeksan National Park (태백산국립공원)

  • Taebaeksan National Park (태백산국립공원)
  • Taebaeksan National Park (태백산국립공원)
  • Taebaeksan National Park (태백산국립공원)
  • Taebaeksan National Park (태백산국립공원)
  • Taebaeksan National Park (태백산국립공원)
  • Taebaeksan National Park (태백산국립공원)

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Address
168, Cheonjedan-gil, Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do
강원도 태백시 천제단길 168 (소도동) 태백산도립공원사업소
Type
National & Provincial & County Parks
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-33-550-2741~2
Homepage
park.taebaek.go.kr (Korean only)
  • Information
    Introduction
    Taebaeksan Mountain (태백산) encompasses several peaks such as Yeongbong Peak, where in the past, people would conduct rites to venerate Heaven at Cheonjedan, Janggunbong Peak (1,567m) and Munsubong Peak (1,517m). The mountain is rather high but easy to hike since it is relatively smooth and has few cliffs. The higher plains are covered with alpine vegetation. The mountain becomes hot pink with mountain rhododendron and azalea in the spring; green with thick forest and pristine waters in the summer; rainbow colored with changing leaves in the fall; and white with snow in the winter.

    Taebaeksan Mountain is one of the three sacred mountains of Korea and the sunrise observed at Cheonjedan is simply breathtaking. There is a ritual site for Dangun in Danggol Valley, where people celebrate Gaecheonjeol (개천절) each year; and there are a number of Buddhist temples such as Manggyeong, Baekdan, Yuil and Cheongwon. Right below the mountaintop lies Yongjeong, the well that is said to boast the very best-quality water among the 100 good water sources in Korea. Near the park are located Geomryongso, the origin of the Han River, and Hwangji Pond, source of the Nakdonggang River. The Taebaek Coal Museum and Gumunso Natural Experience Field provide visitors with information on fossils, geology and the development of the coal industry.

    * Sunrise at Taebaeksan Mountain
    Weather permitting, you can watch the sun rising out of the East Sea from the top of Taebaeksan Mountain (Cheonjedan). It usually first appears breaking through the clouds or peeking between the mountaintops. In order to watch the first sunrise of the year at the top of Taebaeksan Mountain, you need to equip yourself with a wintertime hiking outfit and tools such as crampons and a headlamp. Since Taebaeksan Mountain is not far from downtown Taebaek, it is convenient for hikers to spend the night Taebaek and get to the mountain by land transportation.

    Telephone
    +82-33-550-2741~2

    Hiking Course
    [Uilsa Temple]
    Uilsa Temple Entrance (유일사 입구) → Uilsa Temple (유일사) → Janggunbong Peak (장군봉) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (4km, 2 hours)

    [Baekdansa Temple]
    Baekdansa Temple Entrance (백단사 입구) → Banjae (반재) → Manggyeongsa Temple (망경사) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (4km, 2 hours)

    [Danggol]
    Danggol (당골) → Danggol Plaza (당골광장) → Banjae (반재) → Manggyeongsa Temple (망경사) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (4.4km, 2 hrs 30min)

    [Munsubong Peak] Danggol Plaza (당골광장) → Jedanggol (제당골) → Munsubong Peak (문수봉) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (7km, 3 hours) [Geumcheon]
    Geumcheon (금천) → Munsubong Peak (문수봉) → Busoebong Peak (부쇠봉) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (7.8km, 4 hours)

    * Free: Children (age 6 and younger), Seniors (age 65 and older), handicapped visitors, and residents in Taebaek-si (proof required)
    * Groups: 30 people or more

    Restricted Mountain Areas
    Jannamugol (Geumcheon) ~ Somunsubong Peak
    Somunsubong Peak ~ Somunsubong Gallim-gil
    Munsubong Gallim-gil ~ Behind Dangunseongjeon
    Danggol 3-gyo ~ Munsubong Neungseon Gallim-gil
    Dalgo (Jinjuam) ~ Banjae

    Mountain Not Access Period
    For fire safety and nature ecology preservation, there is restricted access to the mountain.
    Summer: February 1 – May 15
    Autumn: November 1 – December 15
    * Subject to change according to weather conditions.

    Parking Facilities
    Available

    Admission Fees
    Individuals – Adults 2,000 won / Students & Military 1,500 won / Children 700 won
    Groups – Adults 1,500 won / Students & Military 1,000 won / Children 500 won

    * Free: Children (age 6 and younger), Seniors (age 65 and older), handicapped visitors, and residents in Taebaek-si (proof required)
    * Groups: 30 people or more

    Parking Fees
    Small cars: 2,000 won
    Large vehicles: 4,000 won

    Pets
    Not permitted

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