Gayasan Mountain National Park
Mt. Gaya is named after the Indian town of Gaya, where the Buddha achieved enlightenment. "Gaya" is Sanskrit for "cow", and indeed, the locals say that the peaks resemble a cow's head. This is one of the most remote parts of Korea and it survived Korea's wars largely unscathed.
Flora and fauna
The nearest town of importance is Daegu (60 km), easily reachable from most Korean town by KTX bullet train or bus. There are buses (1 hour) from Daegu's Seobu (west) Bus Terminal to Haeinsa every 20 minutes (₩6400)
There are also 3 connections per day from/to Daejeon Express Bus Terminal(₩13500) by way of Hamyang, and Geochang.
There are also connections from Gochang (₩3200), which can be reached from Gimcheon, permitting travel between Jikjisa temple near Gimcheon and Haein Sa.
If you have your own car, you can also park at Baegundong, which has a park information center.
Entrance to the park is free, but car parking costs 4000-6000 won/day.
Once in the park, the only way to get around is to hike. The most popular route is from Haeinsa up the Hongnyudong valley to Sangwangbong Peak and back again.
- Haeinsa Temple (해인사). One of the Korea's Three Jewel Temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Haeinsa houses the Tripitaka Korea, a copy of Buddhist scripture carved onto 81,258 printing blocks. edit
- Climb Sangwangbong Peak (1430m), about two hours from Haeinsa. The first 90 minutes is a gentle rise, but the last 30 minutes are more challenging.
- Climb Chulbulbong Peak (1433m)
There are some small hotels and yeogwan near both Haeinsa and Baegundong.
- Haeinjun Motel (tel: 055-932-7378) is just across the bridge over from the bus station has a friendly owner, with rooms for ₩30,000. Cross the bridge and look for the red Motel symbol on the glass door after the resstaurant.
Camping is allowed at designated campsites near Haeinsa and Baegundong for 3,000-6,000 won per tent.
- WCP Adventure  Korea camping adventure tour agency. Provide camping experience and Hainsa(in Gayasan) tour.