Odaesan National Park was designated as a national park in 1975. Its name was derived from the the following 5 plateaus: Manwoldae, Jangryeondae, Girindae, Sangsamdae and Jigongdae. Featuring the 1,563m high Birobong Peak, Odaesan spreads southwest with Mt. Sodaesan, Horyeongbong Peak and Mt. Sogyebangsan. The east side is connected with Sangwangbong Peak and Durobong Peak, which are over 1,000m high.
The representative temple of Odaesan, Woljeongsa Temple, was named after the bright, full moon that rises above Manwoldae (Mt. Dongdaesan). At this temple the famous Octagon shaped 9-story pagoda (National Treasure No.48) and the Stone Seated Buddha Figure (Treasure No.139) is preserved. Also, Jeokmyeolbogung of Woljeongsa is where Monk Ja Jang preserved the Sakyamuni’s noble relics. Inside Woljeongsa Temple, follow the fir trees 5 km east, and you will reach Sagoji where Yeonggamsa Temple stands.
Odaesan has the largest natural woods of Korea. Many wild animals and plants are known to exist here. The area of Birobong Peak is famous for its Nuncheunkbaek and Yew tree forests. The royal azelea and Geumgang Chorong from Durobong Peak to Sangwangbong Peak are famous and there are animals such as boars, musk deer, turtledoves and colorful woodpeckers living here.
Popular nearby, compatible sites for a private tour in Gangwondo:
Korea Botanic Garden
Alpensia Ski Resort
Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
강원도 평창군 진부면 오대산로
N/A (Open all year round)
Areas Open to the Public
Sangwonsa Temple (상원사) ~ Jeokmyeolbogung (적멸보궁) (2km)
Sangwonsa Temple (상원사) ~ Jungdae (중대) (1.3km)
Sogeumgang River (소금강) ~ Guryong Falls (구룡폭포) (2.5km)
Woljeongsa hoesageori (월정사회사거리)~ Dongpigol (동피골) ~ Sangwonsa Temple (상원사) (8.1km)
Night-time Hike Restriction Notice
Entrance is prohibited from sunset to 2 hours before sunrise to prevent safety accidents and protect the natural environment.
Durobong Peak Course
Duroryeong (두로령) ~ Durobong Peak (두로봉) ~ Dongdaesan Mountain (동대산) ~ Jingogae (진고개) (One way: 10km / 4 hr 40 min ~ 5 hr)
Dongdaesan Mountain Course: Jingogae (진고개) ~ Dongdaesan Mountain (동대산) ~ Dongpigol (동피골) (One way 4.4km / 2 hr 10 min ~ 2 hr 30 min)
Sangwangbong Peak Course: Sangwonsa Temple (상원사) ~ Birobong Peak (비로봉) ~ Sangwangbong Peak (상왕봉) ~ Dudoryeong (두도령) (One way 14km / 5 hr 20 min ~ 6 hr)
Sogeumgang River Course: Jingogae (진고개) ~ Noinbong Peak (노인봉) ~ Sogeumgang (Mureunggye) (소금강 (무릉계)) (One way 13.3km / 7 hr ~ 8 hr)
Birobong Peak Course: Sangwonsa Temple (상원사) ~ Jeokmyeolbogung (적멸보궁) ~ Birobong Peak (비로봉) (Round trip 7km / 3 hr 10 min ~ 3 hr 30 min)
Seonjae-gil Course: Haetalgyo (해탈교) ~ Hoesageori (회사거리) ~ Dongpigol (동피골) ~ Sangwonsa (상원사) (10km / 3 hr 30 min)
Gyebangsan Mountain Course 1: Unduryeong (운두령) ~ Observatory (전망대) ~ Gyebangsan Mountain Peak (계방산 정상) ~ Jumok Habitat (주목군락지) ~ Nodong Falls (노동계곡) ~ Gyebangsan Mountain auto camping site (계방산오토캠핑장) (8.9km / 6 hr)
Gyebangsan Mountain Course 2: Unduryeong (운두령) ~ Observatory (전망대) ~ Gyebangsan Mountain Peak (계방산 정상) ~ Park Boundary (공원경계) ~ Gyebangsan Mountain Parking Lot (계방산 주차장) (8.9km / 6 hr)