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Eight Scenic Views of Gwangju Buk-Gu

  • Mudeungsan Mountain photo01
  • Mudeungsan Mountain photo02
  • Mudeungsan Mountain photo03
  • Mudeungsan Mountain photo04
Mudeungsan Mountain lies over Gwangju Metropolitan City (Buk-Gu and Dong-Gu), Damyang and Hwasun and is the highest mountain in the Honam Mountains. The height of Cheonwangbong, which is the highest peak, is 1,187m and is located in 1-1, Guemgok-Dong, Buk-Gu. In 1972 it was designated as a provincial park and in 2013, it has been raised to the status of a national park. The area is 75.425㎢ and Buk-Gu takes up the largest area of 26.865㎢, which is 35.6%. Pale pink royal azaleas and azaleas that blossom during Spring, autumnal tints and silver grass along the ridge during Autumn and snow on the branches during Winter add quaint beauty to Mudeungsan Mountain. The Columnar Section Cliff of Mudeungsan Mountain, such as Seoseokdae Rock, Ipseokdae Rock, etc. has been designated as the natural monument No. 465 due to its beautiful scenery, as well as high academic value, of the vertical joint rocks that soar up resembling stone fence. When one climbs up on Cheonwangbong Peak, one can have a glance at all Honam areas including Damyang, Jeollanam-Do Province, as well as Sunchang, Youngam, Naju, etc. and in a fine day, the Dadohae archipelago can be seen.
There are many picturesque places with scenic views, but specially Wonhyo valley, which has beautiful autumnal tints, Mujingoseong Fortress Site, which was built using Baekje military architecture and Cheongpung Rest area, which was built on the route Kim Satgat used to travel to Hawsun Red Cliff are considered to be the main areas to visit. Also, Wonhyosa Temple, Chungjangsa Temple, the Chunghyodong Kiln site, Pungamjun Pavilion and Jecheol Historic Site are known for the fantastic scenery and where history and culture still live on. Many patriotic martyrs, patriots, writers, etc. such as General Kim Deok-Ryung, were fostered from Mudeungsan Mountain area and the spirit of Mudeungsan Mountain became the driving force to uprouse the Gwangju Students Independence Movement and May 18th Democratic Uprising. The total of 2,296 species, including 8 endangered species such as otters, boa snakes, wildcats, etc. inhibit the mountain and 17 designated cultural properties such as two national treasures, the cloth of General Kim Deok-Ryung, Wonhyo-Sa Dongbu-Do, etc. are scattered all over the mountain.