Korea National Parks

Flagship Species

  • Forsythia saxatilis   
  • - English Name : Indigenous Plant of Korea
  • - Habitat : Bukhansan Mountain, Gwanaksan Mountain, Uiseong, Andong, Imsil, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
  • - Shape Characteristics :

    It looks very similar to forsythia so it’s very hard to distinguish between the two.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    In Korea, forsythia, forsythia saxatilis, forsythia ovata, and forsythia densiflora are all considered wild flowers, and imported species include forsythia viridissima lindley and tiger lily. It’s very hard to find their habitat because they grow very sparsely.

  • - Special Characteristics : The colony of forsythia saxatilis in Gwanchon-myeon, Imsil-gun, Jeollabuk-do is designated as Natural Monument No. 388.
  • Dendrocopos major   
  • - English Name : Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • - Habitat : Forests near a city.
  • - Shape Characteristics :

    The top of its body is black, and it has a ‘V’ shape on its shoulders. Its stomach is white, and it’s red from the lower part of its stomach to the tail feather. Male woodpeckers have red feathers behind their head which distinguishes them from female woodpeckers.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    The woodpeckers with a long tongue are nicknamed the “Doctor of Forest” because they eat larvae living inside tree branches.

  • - Feed : Insects, spiders, and fruits.
  • - Special Characteristics :

    These rare resident ducks live near mountain streams all over Korea, particularly in Gumisan Mountain and Tohamsan Mountain in Gyeongju National Park all around the seasons. They’re designated as a natural monument, and there is a need to increase their number as well as habitats.