Mt. Myohyangsan is 1,909m tall, and is named Mt. Myohyangsan because of its strange and beautiful shape. There are a wide variety of plants as well as rare animals. Historically the mountain is significant because in 1592 (25th year of King Seonjeo’s rule, Chosun era), when faced with the Japanese invading forces,the monk Hyujeong gathered a militia of monks in the mountain in defense of the nation. Making it even more attractive as a tourist spot is the Dangunsa, which contains relics of Dangun, founder of Gojeoseon- the very first nation on the Korean peninsula. Also in the area is the International Friendship Display, which exhibits various gifts given to Ilseong Kim and Jeongil Kim from nations around the world.
Pohyun Temple
As one of the five large temples of Korea, it was built in 1042. It was rebuilt several times in the period of over 1,000 years. Originally 24 buildings and pagodas were in the temple. Today it comprises the Taeung Hall, Jogye, Haethal and Chonwang Gates, Manse Pavilion, Kwanum and Ryongsan Halls, Suchung Temple.
Sangwon Valley
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The route of this valley is the nearest, lovely trekking route. The valley gets its name from the old Sangwon hermitage famous as the best hermitage in the Mt. Myohyang. The 14km long trekking route includes the Stupas Area, Sangwon and Kumgang Gates, Taeha, Ryongyon, Sanju, Chonsin Falls, Poyun Hermitages, Chuksong Temple and so forth.
Maphok Valley
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The treking route starts after 4.5km walk from the Hyangsan Hotel. It is so full of falls that it has come to be called Manphok “a valley of 10,000 falls”. The route starts at the Sogok Falls, past the Murung, Unson, Yuson, Pison and Kuchung Falls, Myohyangsan Phal Pools and the other pools. The both routes stretch 6.2km.