Four Areas at the Mudeungsan National Park Added to the Top 100 Spots of National Parks
◇ Four areas that represent the nature and culture of Mudeungsan National Park including Seoseokdae Rock, Ipseokdae Rock, Gwangseokdae Rock, Gyubongam Hermitage, and Deoksan Stony Slope are now added to the top 100 spots
□ The Korean National Park Service (Park Bo-hwan, head commissioner) has announced that four areas that well reflect the nature of Mudeungsan National Park are newly chosen as one of the top 100 spots of national parks.
○ The newly added places include Seoseokdae Rock, Ipseokdae Rock, Gwangseokdae Rock, Gyubongam Hermitage, and Deoksan Stony Slope.
○ Seoseokdae Rock is a columnar joint formed approximately 8,500 years ago and it is characterized by its folding screen-like shape. It is called 'a crystal folding screen of Seoseok' as it gives out strong light and glitter like a crystal, reflecting sunlight at evening glow.
○ Ipseokdae Rock is a heap of columnar joints located at an altitude of 1,017 meters - their semicircular shape provides a beautiful spectacle that is hard to be found in any other mountain.
○ Gwangseokdae Rock and Gyubongam Hermitage are vertically layered columnar joints looking like a long tower. Oddly-shaped rocks surround Gyubongam Hermitage, which is very beautiful harmonizing with the old pine trees around.
○ Deoksan Stony Slope is a representative talus of Mt. Mudeungsan and is developed at an altitude between 350 meters and 700 meters in the western slope connecting the central peak with the Donghwasa Temple site. Talus refers to a pile of rocks flowing along the slope of a mountain after columnar joints or lumps of rocks were weathered.
□ The Korean National Park Service has chosen the final four sites that well reflect the nature of Mudeungsan National Park after collecting public opinion and an evaluation by experts as there were those who argue that sites that represent Mudeungsan National Park should be included in the top 100 spots.
○ The Top 100 Spots of National Parks refers to a list of 100 places representing 20 national parks including Mt. Seoraksan which was chosen by the Korean National Park Service in 2011.
○ The Korean National Park Service plans to revise the list next year adding sites at Taebaeksan National Park that was newly designated as a national park.
□ "The Korean National Park Service will continue to make an effort to install and manage vantage points so that people could appreciate breathtaking sceneries of national parks" said Kim Jong-hee, director of the department of conservation policy at the Service.