75-6 Ganpyeong-ri, Jinbu-myeon
Odaesan National Park
A popular mountain due to its distinct landscape that varies over the four season, Odaesan has five peaks – Birodong, Horyeongbong, Sangwangbong, Durobong, and Dongdaesan – and is home to numerous temples. As such, it is a prominent sacred ground for Buddhism in Korea.
Odaesan Mountain dons spectacular crimson foliage in the fall and a coat of white snow in the winter. The landscape is particularly attractive in winter. The autumn foliage is fickle and can change its colors quickly, breaking many hearts in the process.
The hiking trail to Birobong Peak of Odaesan through Sangwonsa Temple and Jeongmyeolbogung is about 6.2 kilometers long and takes three hours.
Sangwonsa Temple is one of the most renowned temples in Korea. Nestled deep in Odaesan Mountain, Sangwonsa is where prayers were given for the repose of King Sejo of the Joseon Dynasty. By the entrance stands a big Larixolgensis var.
Koreana tree and a stone called gwandaegeori on which King Sejo hung his gown by the valley when he visited the temple to treat a boil on his face.
Sangwonsa thrived with the support and protection of the Joseon royal dynasty.
Today, it preserves the oldest and most beautiful surviving bronze bell in Korea, which attracts many visitors.