Mungyeong SaeJae Provincial Park is in Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-shi, Gyeongsangbuk-do. On June 4, 1981 the park came into being, and is now a significant tourist attraction. In addition to the pass and the surrounding scenery, the park boasts a museum and tourist hotel, along with a small village of businesses catering to the tourist trade.
Mungyeong Saejae is a mountain pass in central South Korea. It lies on Joryeong Mountain between the main peak (1017 m) and Sinseon Peak (967 m). The pass itself rises to 642 m above sea level. Mungyeong Saejae connects Mungyeong-shi, Gyeongsangbuk-do with Goesan-gun in Chungcheongbuk-do. Water flowing down from the Mungyeong side of the pass eventually flows into the Nakdong River and meets the East Sea at Busan. Runoff from the Goesan side eventually flows into the Han River, which passes through Seoul to meet the Yellow Sea at Incheon.
The pass is also known by the name "Joryeong" (조령,鳥嶺). Both names literally mean "bird pass," and probably signify "a pass so high that even birds find the crossing difficult."
The pass is renowned as the only place where the old road between Seoul and Busan, the Great Yeongnam Road, still looks like it did in the Joseon Dynasty.
During the Joseon period, Mungyeong Saejae played an important role as the gateway in and out of the Gyeongsang-do. Scholars, traders and government officials from Gyeongsang had to go through the pass when going to or from Seoul. Three great gates which maintained control over the pass during that time still stand, although the only people who go through them now are tourists.
Mungyeong Saejae is the subject of at least one traditional Korean folksong in the arirang style.