Mt. Mudeung Becomes National Park

Mt. Mudeung, which runs through Gwangju and South Jeolla Province, has been designated Korea's 21st national park. The national park committee of the Ministry of Environment said on Thursday that the new park spans a 75.4-sq.-km region including the scenic mountain.

It has been almost a quarter of a century since Byeonsan Peninsula and Mt. Wolchul were designated as such in 1988.

"A survey found that 2,296 species of flora and fauna, including endangered species, live on Mt. Mudeung," said a ministry official. "As the area also boasts magnificent scenery, it is worth preserving and safeguarding it," he added.

The ministry plans to restore the landscape and improve trails on the mountain while also undertaking a close survey of the local ecosystem to better conserve the environment.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 28, 2012 11:59 KST