Places to Go : Hallasan Mountain Trails
Mt. Hallasan, one of the three “Soul Mountains” in Korea, is located in the southernmost tip of the Korean peninsular, and is the highest mountain in South Korea with the height of 1,950 meters above sea level. It has a variety of vegetation with academically high value, and has been protected as Mt. Hallasan Nature Protection Zone since it was designated as Natural Monument ( No. 182 ) on Oct 12th, 1966.
The young volcanic mountain, which was formed in the Quaternary of the Cenozoic era, continued volcanic eruptions and activities up until 25,000 years ago. With more than 360 Oreums (volcanic cones) scattered around it, Mt. Hallasan creates unique scenery. Its magnificent figure seems to embrace both a loving spirit and a strong nature at the same time.
Colorful mountain scenery which changes from season to season makes visitors exclaim with admiration. Mt. Hallasan was designated as a National Park on March 24th, 1970 and then as an area of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in December 2002.
The beautiful Jeju Island and Mt. Hallasan in ancient mystery has been recognized as a valuable natural heritage. Therefore, “Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes” were inscribed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage on June 27th, 2007 for the first time in Korea. With the certificate of World Geopark in October 2010, Jeju was awarded the triple crown in the natural science field by UNESCO.