Tour Guide > Naejangsan (Mountain) > Introduction
Naejangsan Mountain used to be called Yeongeunsan Mountain, a name originated from Yeongeunsan Temple. However, the name was changed to Naejangsan Mountain because 「the mountain is hiding infinite things within it」, and people started calling the region Naejang-dong as well. Naejangsan Mountain is located to the south of Jeongeup-si and the oddly-shaped rocks, those which are forming the boundary between Jeongeup and Sunchang-gun, create a horseshoe-shaped ridge on the mountain. Naejangsan Mountain is sometimes called the【Geumgangsan Mountain of Honam】, and has been known as one of the Top 8 Scenic Spots since Joseon Dynasty. In Dong Gug Yoe Ji Sueng Ram, Naejangsan Mountain was named as the Five Most Beautiful Mountains in Honam, together with Jirisan Mountain in Namwon, Wolchulsan Mountain in Youngam, Cheongwansan Mountain in Jangheung and Neunggasan Mountain (Byunsan Mountain) in Buan. The traditional concept of mountain chains in Korea is based on the concept of watershed, which is to divide up the water system, and in this perspective, Noryeong Mountains is relevant to Honam Jeongmack. In this aspect, Naejangsan Mountain, which is within the Honam Jeongmack, is located in a very important site because, it is a watershed to divide the water of three rivers- Dongjingang River, Hwangnyonggang River and Seomjingang River- together with Ibamsan Mountain (626m in altitude) in the west and Baegamsan Mountain (also known as Baekhaksan Mountain, 700m in altitude). The northern slopes of Naejangsan Mountain and Ibamsan Mountain set the upper stream of Dongjingang River while the southern slopes of Ibamsan Mountain and Baegamsan Mountain go into Hwangnyonggang River, the upper stream of Yeongsangang River, and the eastern slopes of Naejangsan Mountain and Baegamsan Mountain (Bokheung-myeon, Sunchang-gun region) set the upper stream of Seomjingang River. The ridge connecting between Bangjangsan Mountain (710m in altitude), located to the west of Galjae, Baegamsan Mountain, located to the east, also serves as the boundary between Jeollabuk-do and Jeollanam-do. Naejangsan Mountain was designated as a nationa park together with the Baegyangsa Temple region in November 17, 1971. The total area of Naejangsan National Park is as wide as 80.71㎢, and among those area, 46.89㎢ area belongs to Jeeonbuk while 33.818㎢ area belongs to Jeonnam. The park covers up Jeongeup-si and Sunchang-gug in Jeonbuk, and Jangseong-gun in Jeonnam.