[NOTICE] Hiker who wish to climb to the summit of Hallasan Mountain using the Seongpanak and Gwaneumsa trails must first make a reservation online. For those who need help with making a reservation, the Jeju Tourist Information Center is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (KST): www.visitjeju.net/u/84J
As one of Korea’s 3 spirit mountains, Hallasan Mountain is located on the southernmost part of the Korean Peninsula,
and lays claim to the title of South Korea’s tallest mountain with the height of 1,950m above sea level. Home to all sorts of vegetation, the mountain possesses immense scientific value and is a veritable treasure trove of animals and plants, leading to the designation of Hallasan Mountain Natural Reserve as Natural Monument 182 on October 12, 1966. In fall, when everything is blanketed by a colorful display of flowers, the mountain covered with the red color of the fall foliage is truly a sight to behold, while the snow-covered mountain in the winter stands out as the view to surpass all views. A young volcanic mountain from the Quarternary Period of the Cenozoic Era, Hallasan Mountain was believed to have erupted 25,000 years ago, and the 360 or so volcanic cones surrounding the mountain present a unique view. Furthermore, the majestic figure of Hallasan Mountain rising from the middle of the mountain makes it appear as if it is carrying itself with a benevolent yet tenacious spirit.
This celebrated mountain possesses a view of nature that is constantly changing forms and colors according to the season, and this scenery is guaranteed to elicit gasps and exclamations from all who come across it.
The mountain was designated as a National Park on March 24, 1970 and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in December 2002. Five years later it was given the designation of the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes and Korea’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site on June 27, 2007
as well as being recognized as Global Geopark on October 4, 2010.