The name of Maisan Provincial Park (마이산도립공원) means ‘Horse Ears Mountain’, which refers to two extraordinary rocky peaks as they appear from the town of Jinan. The east peak is Sutmai-san (Male Mai-san; 678m) while the west peak is Ammai-san (Female Mai-san; 685m). Both 'ears' are made of conglomerate rock, which is rare in Korea. The temple, Tap-sa, at the base of the female ear, has a unique sculptural garden of 80 stone towers or pinnacles that were piled up by a Buddhist mystic, Yi Kapmyong (1860–1957).
An easy 1½-hour, 1.7km hike with a splendid view at the top starts by Tap-sa and takes you back to the car park at the entrance. In April, the cherry trees on the road leading to the park's southern entrance and the nearby lake burst into blossom.