Korea National Parks

Flagship Species

  • Iris odaesanensis   
  • - Class II Endangered Species. Indigenous Plant of Korea.

  • - Habitat : High mountain forests and meadows in Gangwon-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do, and other northern regions.
  • - Shape Characteristics :

    The leaves are shaped like a knife. Each flower stalk has two white flowers with yellow stripes that bloom from April through June.

  • - Special Characteristics :

    Its name includes the word “odaesan” because it was first discovered in Odaesan Mountain.

  • Strix uralensis   
  • - Class II Endangered Speices. CITES Appendix II.

  • - Habitat : A very rare resident bird found in mountainous regions in Gangwon-do, South Korea.
  • - Shape Characteristics :

    With a body length of 50cm, it looks very similar to other owls. Unlike other owls, it only has vertical stripes.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    It builds a nest on old trees in a high mountain forest.

  • - Feed : Small insects
  • - 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.