Korea National Parks

Flagship Species

  • Hanabusaya asiatica   
  • - English Name : Diamond Bluebell
  • - Indigenous Plant of Korea

  • - Habitat : High altitude regions in the northern part of Myeongjisan Mountain, Gapyeong.
  • - Shape Characteristics :

    Perennial. The bell-shaped flowers are divided into five sections. The flowers are light violet in color, and point to the ground.

  • - Special Characteristics :

    It’s called “Geumgang Chorong” in Korean because it was first discovered in Geumgangsan Mountain. The word “Chorong” means a hand lantern, and it was named such because it looks like a lantern. The scientific name “Hanabusaya” was named by a Japanese named Nakai and after the Japanese governor-general Hanabusaya during the Japanese Occupation of Korea. The name Geumgang Chorong sounds beautiful in Korean, but the flower also reminds many Korean of their painful history.

  • Bufo stejnegeri   
  • - English Name : Korean Water Toad
  • - Habitat : Valleys and forests.
  • - Shape Characteristics :

    It looks similar to other toads, but doesn’t have tympanums. It has coarse skin. Female Korean water toads are reddish brown, while the males are grayish brown.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    These toads have well-developed fins on their hind legs as they spend more time in water compared to other toads. They lay eggs in the shape of a rosary around a rock under a gentle current of water or in the midst of aquatic plants.