Located in Sucheol-ri, Punggi-eup, Mt. Sobaek was designated as the 18th national park of the country, and has been known as the Korean people's sacred mountain and Yeongnam Region's main mountain.
Designated as the country's 18th national park and located in Sucheol-ri, Punggi-eup, Mt. Sobeak has been known as the country's sacred mountain and Yeongnam Region's main mountain.
Branching southwest from Mt. Taebaek and towering over the clouds, bordering the three provinces of Gyeongsang, Gangwon, and Chuncheong, and stretching about 40 km southwest, Mt. Sobaek provides backdrops to the four villages of Yeongju,Yecheon, Danyang, and Yeongwol and guards the peace and happiness of these villages. It is a clear and splendid sacred mountain, and most importantly, forms part of the backbone of the Korean peninsula.
Notably, Jungnyeong Pass, which in the past was reached only after skirting the mountain, was one of the main gateways to Yeongnam Region and was the site of many sorrowful episodes involving the applicants for the prestigious Gwageo government examination, who had to surmount the obstable posed by this pass to take the examination in Seoul. The main peak of Birobong (1,439m) presents a cluster of jew trees, anatural monument. It is connected to many peaks, such as Gukmangbong Peak (1,421m), where local scholars looking in the direction of the Royal Palace in Seoul prayed for the peace of the nation and the king when the country faced difficulties; Yeonhwa Peak (1,394m), where Sobaek Observatory stands; and Dosol Peak (1,315m), where traces of ancient fortresses remain. In the middle of Mt. Sobaek are Huibangsa Temple and Birosa, dating back to the Silla period. At the entrance of Huibangsa Temple, Huibang Waterfalls (28m) welcomes visitors all year round with its cool waters.
The spectacle of royal azalea blooming each May and Oak Tree Forest Tunnel add to the beauty of the mountain. Birobong Peak, which is covered with snow six months a year, is called “the Alps of Korea.”