|Long-distance walking trails totaling 300 kilometers |
At 1,915 meters, Mount Jirisan (지리산) is the second highest mountain in Korea after Jeju’s Mount Hallasan (한라산, 1,950 meters). True to its name (jiri literally means ‘a place where the foolish become wise’), Mount Jirisan has long been a favorite locale for disciplining both the mind and the body.
Jirisan National Park (지리산국립공원), the largest national park in Korea, stretches across five cities and counties. Inside the park is the Jirisan Forest Trails, which run 300 km along the
|mountain’s periphery and link a hundred villages. Local roads near the trails, which ring around slopes, forests, rice fields, and village roads, will be undergoing renovations until 2011.|
Jirisan Forest Trails is a project of the Korea Forest Service and is operated through the Green Fund established by the national lottery. To preserve the integrity of the forests, visitors are asked to please travel responsibly.