|Location||Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do and Seongju-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do|
|Height of the Mountain||1430m|
It was designated as the National Historic Relics and Scenic Place No.5 on June 24th, 1966, and became 9th national park on Oct. 13th, 1972. Gayasan (Mt.) is located where Gyeongsangnam-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do meet. Sangwangbong (Peak) is very tall and also known as Udusan (Mt.), famous for its height of 1,430M above sea level.
This place has been famous since time immemorial as it was known as one of the 10 beautiful spots of the East or one of the eight beautiful sceneries of Joseon. Also there is Haeinsa (Temple) which has the Tripitaka Koreana (consisting of over eighty thousand blocks) as the heart of Avatamska Sutra. The Tripitaka Koreana was designated as world's cultural legacy by UNESCO on Dec.1995
The Hongnyudonggyegok (Valley) flows in front of Haeinsa (Temple). It is especially known as the superb sight to behold among eight beautiful sceneries of our country. Also, this place holds historic sites such as Nongsanjeong and Haksadae. A great scholar named Choe Chiwon of the late Shilla dynasty was believed to come here to ease the pain of the turbulent age and finally become immortal.
According to the old records, it was appreciated as 'the shape of the mountain is the greatest below sky'. Along with Odaesan (Mt., 1,563M) and Sobaeksan (Mt., 1,439M), it has never been damaged by wars and 3 disasters (fire, flood, wind). The Great Buddhist Priest Samyeong spent his late years here, and even now we can feel the presence of our early wise ancestors.