|Taebaeksan Provincial Park (태백산도립공원)|
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|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 Mt. Taebaeksan
Weather permitting, you can watch the sun rising out of the East Sea from the top of Mt. Taebaeksan (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 Mt. Taebaeksan, you need to equip yourself with a wintertime hiking outfit and tools such as crampons and a headlamp. Since Mt. Taebaeksan is not far from downtown Taebaek, it is convenient for hikers to spend the night Taebaek and get to the mountain by land transportation.
|▲ The entrance
of Uilsa Temple (유일사 입구) → Uilsa Temple (유일사) → Janggunbong Peak, Cheonjedan (장군봉, 천제단) (4km, 2 hours)
▲ The entrance of Baekdansa Temple (백단사 입구) → Banjae (반재) → Manggyeongsa Temple (망경사) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (4km, 2 hours)
▲ Danggol (당골) → Danggol Plaza (당골광장) → Banjae (반재) → Manggyeongsa Temple (망경사) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (4.4km, 2 hrs, 30min)
▲ Munsubong Peak (문수봉) → Danggol Plaza (당골광장) → Jedanggol (제당골) → Munsubong Peak (문수봉) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (7km, 3 hours)
▲ Geumcheon Valley (금천계곡) → Munsubong Peak (문수봉) → Busoebong Peak (부쇠봉) → Cheonjedan (천제단) (7.8km, 4 hours)
|- Danggol parking lot:
- Minbakchon (민박촌) parking lot: 100 spaces
- Uilsa Temple parking lot: 208 spaces
- Baekdansa Temple parking lot: 229 spaces
- Others: 154 spaces / 87 spaces
2,000 won / Group: 1,500 won
Youths: 1,500 won / Group: 1,000 won
Children: 700 won / Group: 500 won
* Group: 30 people or more
|Two-wheeled vehicle: 1,200 won
Small cars: 2,000 won
Large vehicles: 4,000 won
|From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Taebaek (태백).
* Bus Schedule: 06:00-23:00, 30-40min intervals
From Taebaek Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Danggol (당골).
Get off at Taebaeksan Provincial Park (태백산도립공원).
* Bus Schedule: 07:38-22:25, runs 24 times a day