This is an active, ongoing series featuring the provincial parks of Korea. Stay tuned for more provincial parks!
Beginning in October 2015, I went on a year-long mountain mission. What started as a quest to visit every national park wound up also including every provincial park! The following list is organized by the order in which I visited each provincial park.
There are currently 20 provincial parks in South Korea. This number fluctuates a bit over time as new parks are added and others are upgraded to national park status. You can learn more about each provincial park here: click the image of a park or its caption to see photos, maps and read practical tips for visiting it and a description of my experiences there. Or, get started here with my introduction to the mountains of Korea here.
*Taebaeksan: When I began my mountain mission year in 2015, Taebaeksan was a provincial park! This park was upgraded from a provincial park to a national park in early 2017. I visited Taebaeksan in June 2016. At that time, work seemed to be already underway for the park’s status upgrade: there were brand-new signs, excellent maps and wide, well-maintained trails – all hallmarks of Korea’s national parks. I’ve included a link to Taebaeksan in both my national park and provincial park lists.
**Paryeongsan: This park is also included in my national park list, because although the mountain itself is a provincial park, it is surrounded by an area of Dadohaehaesang National Park. But I’m secretly pleased that it can be written into both lists because it deserves a double recommendation!!