Gangwon-do Area

Wondae-ri Birch Forest: White snow and birch forest

The Wondae-ri birch forest, which some say is prettier and more enchanting than the birch forest of Northern Europe.

Wondae-ri Birch Forest
Wondae-ri Birch Forest

The Wondae-ri birch forest,

which some say is prettier and more enchanting than the birch forest of Northern Europe.

White snow and birch forest
White snow and birch forest

Have you ever seen the dense birch forest of Mt. Baekdu? Remember the vast forest of birch trees in Siberia set in the film “Doctor Zhivago”? 

The northern world, with its snow and birch trees, has always been the object of admiration. 

But in Korea, there is quite a wonderful birch forest.

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Find a birch tree with a white skin.


Wondae-ri Birch Forest
Wondae-ri Birch Forest

It is a birch tree that makes the snow more shining.

The appearance is excellent. a body that stretches out in the air without knowing that it is high. And a fair, white skin. 

Hard birch is good for making furniture. The white, polished skin was easily lit and useful as a fire-shooter. 

Its epidermis, which peels as thin as paper, has long been used to paint or paper substitutes to write.

Part of the Tripitaka Koreana in Hapcheon was also known as the birch tree, and the material of Cheonmado, which is decorated with the horse saddle of Cheonmachong in Gyeongju, is also the bark of the birch tree. 

Fantastic birch forest


Fantastic birch forest
Fantastic birch forest

The Wondae-ri birch forest is located at 75-22 Wondae-ri Mountain. 
It is not difficult to find here.

You can start at the Wondae-ri Forest Watch Station. After composing the guest book at the guard post, it goes up about 3.5 kilometers of the island’s. 

The gentle path along the mountainside is a way that allows both men and women, young and old, to walk without much difficulty. 

However, if you visit this place in winter, spats and Eisen are essential. 

Many people visit the area, which is packed with people’s footprints, but if cold snow is ready to soak their feet, they can concentrate on trekking more comfortably.

Thousands of birch trees fill the white snow


Thousands of birch trees fill the white snow
Thousands of birch trees fill the white snow

When you enter the forest, it looks as if a fairy will pop out from here and there. 

The young birch trees, which had just passed the age of twenty since they began to be planted in the early 1990s, were only known to the public in October 2012. 

It is understood why the birch tree is called the “Queen of the Tree” and the birch forest is called the “highlightof the forest”. It’s a landscape with nothing to say.

Queen of the Tree
Queen of the Tree

Mountain Not Access Period 
Access limited due to forest fire prevention and environment protection on the following periods:

* Spring – February 1 – May 15
* Autumn – November 1 – December 15
※ Subject to change due to climate changes and unforseen circumstances. Please check official website before visiting.

Hiking Course 
[Trail]
Course 1 (Birch Forest Course) 0.9km: 40-50 minutes
Course 2 (Healing Course) 1.5km: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course 3 (Exploration Course) 1.1km: 40 minutes
Course 4 (Danger Course) 3km: 2 hours 
Course 5 (Healing Course) 0.86km: 30 minutes 
Course 6 (Hard Course) 2.24km: 1 hour 50 minutes 
Course 7 (Short Course) 1.0km: 50 minutes

Operating Hours 
[Forest hours]
Summer season (May 4-Oct.31) 9:00-18:00
Winter Season (Dec. 15-Jan.31) 9:00-17:00

[Hiking hours]
Summer season (May 4-Oct.31) 9:00-15:00
Winter season (Dec. 15-Jan. 31) 9:00-14:00

Parking Facilities 
Available

Admission Fees 
Free

Available Facilities 
Forest classroom, observation deck, ecological pond, hiking trail 5.9km, 2 restrooms, 2 parking areas

Restrooms 
Available

Facilities for the Handicapped 
Available


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