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 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.
There are some small hotels and yeogwan near both Haeinsa and Baegundong.
Camping is allowed at designated campsites near Haeinsa and Baegundong for 3,000-6,000 won per tent.