Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Deokyusan National Park in Muju county of South korea

Deokyusan has manyhigh peaks lined up on the 10-ri mountain ridge from Goje Domachi to Yuksipryeong; Deokyu Sambongsan(1,254m), Daebong(1,300m), Jibong(1,302m), Geobong(1,390m), Deokyu Pyeongjeon, Muryongsan(1,492m), Satgatbong(1,400m), and Nam Deokyusan(1,508m). These mountain peaks are connected to Yuksipryeong pass on Mt. Jirisan.

Mahakdong Valley and Samtaedong valley is an ecological thesaurus, which well conserves environment of wed trees and others.The most popular climbing course is the course from Songgyesa to Geobong Peak, and then to Sangyedeom, Deokyu Pyeongjeon and Jungbong. This is also called 'Silk Road'. It takes 5 hours to follow this 9km silk road.

Deokyusan was originally called 'Gwangryeosan or Ryeosan‘. Before Lee Seong Gye founded the Joseon Dynasty, he trained himself in this mountain. Though there were so many fierce animals crowded, they never harmed Lee Seong Gye. So this mountain is called Deokytsan, meaning 'Virtuous Mountain'. According to the old document, the summit of Mt. Deokyu was a forest of aromatic trees, 'Hyang Namu' in Korean. So it was once called Hyangjeok Bong. Deokyusan passes down a romantic story between Prince Seodong of the Baekje Dynasty and Princess Seonhwa of the Silla Dynasty.

Deokyusan is the origin of Namgang River in Jinju and Hwanggang River in Hapcheon. As for the tourist attractions there are 33 scenic views of Muju Gucheondong and Wolseong Valley, Songgyesa and Suseungdae.

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