Korea National Parks

Flagship Species

  • Corylopsis gotoana var. coreana   
  • - English Name : Korean Winter Hazel
  • : Second-class endangered species of wild flora and fauna. Korean endemic plant.

  • - Habitat :

    Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do, Gyeongsangnam-do, and Baekunsan Mountain in Gyeonggi-do. Jirisan National Park (low-lying areas in such valleys as Gurye Cheoneun, Sancheong Daewonsa, Hadong Daeseong, and Namwon Baemsagol Valley).

  • - Characteristic features :

    A short tree with falling leaves.

  • - Ecological features :

    Long, yellow flowers that bloom in early April before the leaves sprout. In Jirisan National Park, the tree is observed on mountainsides exposed to the sun rather than on the mountaintop.

  • Ursus thibetanus ussuricus   
  • - English name : Asiatic Black Bear
  • : First-class endangered wild animal and plant, first-class international endangered species of flora and fauna (CITES), and Natural Monument No. 329.

  • - Habitat :

    Observed on Seoraksan Mountain and Jirisan Mountain, according to records.

  • - Characteristic features :

    Black body, the chest characteristically bears a V shape.

  • - Ecological features :

    Weighs 80~250kg. Known to live for about 25 years in the wild. Hibernates and dwells in rocky caves or holes in trees. Species of bears living in Korea include the Asiatic Black Bear and the Manchurian Brown Bear. The Manchurian Brown Bear is known to live only in North Korea.

  • - Feed :

    Acorns, other fruits, wild plants, crayfish, honey, etc.

  • - Particulars :

    Currently, the Asiatic Black Bear restoration program is being carried out in Jirisan National Park. A symbolic species of Jirisan National Park, it attracts considerable attention among Korean nationals.