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Located just 30 minutes away from central Gwangju, Mudeungsan Mountain a mountain park that lines the edge of Hwasun-gun, Damyang-gun and Gwangju. The mountain features three rock peaks called Cheongwangbong (the highest peak at 1,186m), Jiwangbong, and Inwangbong, collectively known as the “Jeongsang Three”.

The natural gradual slope of the mountain makes it an easy climb for all to try, with various rest stops and temples spread throughout.

There are also many different recreational facilities and tourist sites situated below the mountain. These  facilities include the Gwangju National Museum and a traditional Korean style building that houses over 2,000 historical artifacts.

To get to Mudeungsan Mountain, take Bus 09 from the Gwangju Bus Terminal (U-Square Terminal) and get off at the entrance of Jeungsimsa Terminal. From there, walk towards Mudeungsan National Park.

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Seoraksan is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon Province in eastern South Korea. It is located in a national park near the city of Sokcho. After the Hallasan volcano on Jeju Island and Jirisan in the south, Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in South Korea.

The national park attracts many national and international tourists all year round, but the main season for Seoraksan national park is autumn. The autumn colours in the area are considered amongst the most beautiful in Korea. The red and yellow forest is interrupted by rocks and small mountain streams flow amidst this.

Perhaps the most visited part of the mountain is the main entrance valley to the National Park, a fifteen-minute drive from Sokcho city. The valley runs west to east with a paved road leading up to the park’s entrance gate. This valley contains many beautiful sites and is well worth a day visit.

At the end of the main valley is Biseondae, a rock platform in a stream. Above the stream is a difficult to reach cave, which offers clear views of the surrounding rock formations.

A bit farther from the entrance is the Valley of a Thousand Buddhas, the primary valley of Seorak Mountain, also sometimes referred to as Seorak Valley. The valley was so named because the rock formations that line its sides resemble a line-up of Buddha statues.

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Peak Season

Season (6 months): Spring (from 4.1 ~ 5.31), Summer (7.1 ~ 8.31) and Autumn (10.1 ~ 11.30)

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Bukhansan, or Bukhan Mountain, is a mountain on the northern periphery of Seoul, South Korea. There are three major peaks, Baegundae 836.5 meters (2,744 ft), Insubong 810.5 meters (2,659 ft), Mangyeongdae 787.0 meters (2,582.0 ft). 

Because of its height and the fact that it borders a considerable portion of the city, Bukhansan is a major landmark visible from most city districts. The name “Bukhansan” means “big mountain in the north”, referring to the fact that it is the northern border of the city.

Bukhansan is the highest mountain within Seoul city boundaries. Apart from Bukhansan, there are seven other mountains including Dobongsan and Suraksan that are over 600 meters high within the city.

Hiking Courses

1 Day Courses

Peak Season Info

Season (6 months): Spring (from 4.1 ~ 5.31), Summer (7.1 ~ 8.31) and Autumn (10.1 ~ 11.30)

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Located in Bukhansan National Park, Dobongsan reaches 739 meters and offers more sunlight coverage, valleys, and streamside trails than its neighboring Samgaksan. The hike is about 10 kilometers and takes about 4-5 hours in its entirety and can be walking mixed with rock climbing, if desired.

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Suraksan’s peak stands at 638 meters and is easily accessible. Its trails allow clear views of Seoul, as well as other mountains. Quiet, serene, and peaceful, Suraksan also has unique attractions, like Elephant Rock. A mixture of concrete and dirt paths, wooden stairs, and rock climbing opportunities, Suraksan is perfect for a day hiking trip.

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Located near Seoul’s ever evolving Gangnam, Cheonggyesan helps residents and visitors rise above modernity and appreciate the simplicity of past generations.

Access this mountain by going to Yangjae Station on orange line 3 and take exit 5. From there jump on bus 8441, 8442, or 4432. If you’re looking for a more scenic route, Cheonggyesan is perfect for that.

Hiking Routes

  • Course 1: Wonteogol Entrance → Wonteogol Yaksuteo (mineral spring) → Kkalttakgogae Ridge → Heliport → Maebong Peak (3km / 1 hr 20 min)
  • Course 2: Wonteogol Entrance → Cheongaesa Temple → Gilmajae Pavilion → Maebong Peak (2.7km / 1hr)
  • Course 3: Cheonggyegol Entrance → Cheonggyegol Yaksuteo (mineral spring) → Gilmajae Pavilion → Heliport → Maebong Peak (2.13km / 1 hr)
  • Course 4: Gaenarigol Entrance → Ongnyeobong Peak → Santokki Ongdalsaem → Heliport → Maebong Peak (4.32km / 2 hr 10 min)
  • Course 5: Yangjae Truck Terminal → Ongyeobong Peak → Heliport → Maebong Peak (4.7km / 2 hr 20 min)
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Tucked away in Seoul’s southern end, Gwanaksan seems like another world with it’s natural beauty and views within a bustling metropolitan city. Near Seoul Grand Park and Seoul National University, Gwanaksan also has some restaurants that you can visit post-hike and enjoy some food and even some maekkgeolli.

Gwanaksan also boasts barrier-free trails, designed with wheelchairs and prams in mind, the trails consist of boardwalks that maintain mild gradients at most to allow everyone to comfortably enjoy the outdoors.   

Hiking Course

  • Course 1 (4.5km, 140min): Gwaneumsa Temple Ticket Box → Dwaejibawi Rock → Yeonjudae
  • Course 2 (1.4km, 30min): 1st Square → Acacia Dongsan Hill → Ogyucheon → Sujung Dongsan Hill → 4th Campground
  • Course 3 (2km, 80min): 4th Campground → Yeonjusaem Spring → 3rd Ggalddak Hill → Yeonjuam Rock → Yeonjudae
  • Course 4 (0.9km, 15min): 4th Campground → Yongcheonsu → Jeolgu Mineral Spring → Samgeori (3-way Jun.) → Muneomi Hill
  • Course 5 (1.9km, 65min): 2nd Square → Royal Azalea Dongsan Hill → Samakjeong → Samgeori (3-way Jun.) → Ggalddak Hill
  • Course 6 (0.8km, 25min): Royal Azalea Dongsan Hill → 2nd Ggalddak Hill → 4th Campground
  • Course 7 (2.8km, 70min): Senior’s Zone → Dolsan → Yongamcheon → Gukgibong → 1st Campground
  • Course 8 (1.5km, 55min): Hwalteo → 3rd Campground → 2nd Campground → 1st Campground
  • Course 9 (1.4km, 50min): Samseongsan Mt. → Seongji (Holy Land) → Samho Mineral Spring → Songam Mineral Spring → 1st Campground
  • Course 10 (1.2km, 40min): Samgeori Mineral Spring → Geobukbawi Rock → Sammaksa Temple
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With peak is just 287m in height, Achasan Mountain  is an extremely popular hiking spot for residents of Seoul and Guri City and the surrounding area. It has a unique panoramic view of the Han River. 

Twenty bastions were discovered along Achasan Mountain that were originally estimated to date back to the Three Kingdoms Era. Further research has indicated that some of the remains were part of a military fortress built during the Goguryeo Era. In light of these findings, it was officially designated as an official historic site. Take a hike and see the fortress ruins, ancient tombs, stone pagodas.

Achasan Station can be reached via subway line 5.

Hiking Course

  • Course 1 (Duration: 1hr, 30min): Ecological Park → Pine Tree Forest → Achasanseong Fortress → Nakta Gogae Pass → Chinsu Valley → Management Office → Meeting place
  • Course 2 (Duration: 2 hours): Meeting place → Nakta Gogae Pass → Goguryeojeong → Haemaji Square → Summit → Daeseongam Hermitage → Nakta Gogae Pass → Chinsu Valley → Meeting place
  • Course 3 (Duration: 2hrs, 30min): Meeting place → Management Office → Chinsu Valley → Goguryeojeong → Summit → Yongmasan Mt. → Ppeongtwigigol Valley
  • Course 4 (Duration: 2hrs, 30min): Meeting place → Pine Tree Forest → Nakta Gogae Pass → Goguryeojeong → Daeseongam Hermitage → Summit → Ancient Fortress Site No. 4 → Gingorang
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Inwangsan is another modest mountain but ideal for a solitary stride or for a leisurely promenade with good company. The granite peaks here are said to have motivated many past Korean artists. At 338 m, its inspirational views can be achieved in the brevity of a short afternoon hike. Inwangsan is a great place to see all of Seoul’s landmarks like N-Seoul Tower and the Han river via incredible 360 degree sweeping views.

To reach the mountain, take subway line 3 to Dongnimmun Station, exit 2.

Hiking Course

Course 1: Gyeongbokgung Station – Inwangsan-gil – Inwangcheon Yaksu – Summit – Gicha Bawi Rock – Muakjae Station

Course 2: Dongnimmun Station – Guksadang – Summit – Bukdongneung – Inwangsan-gil – Gyeongbokgung Station

Course 3: Muakjae Station – Playground – Summit – Bukdongneung – Inwangsan-gil – Gyeongbokgung Station

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Located in the city of Gumi, Mt. Geumosan is a provincial park – designated in 1970, which stands at a height of 976m.

The mountain features well maintained trails and circuit trails which encompass the main peak and includes major attractions such as a 27m high waterfall, a 2km-long fortress, Yaksaam Temple, a standing Buddha statue engraved on a rock wall, Haeunsa Temple, Doseongul Cave, Daehye Falls, and Chaemijeong Pavilion and beautiful views along the way.

Although the mountain is quite steep with a menacing face, Mt. Geumosan is an achievable peak for all types of hikers!

Getting There

By Car:
National Expressway 1 from Seoul to Busan passes right through the heart of Gumi City. Get off at Gumi IC and head straight for the mountain, which is signed all over Gumi. It’s a 10min drive from the IC, and the main road heads right up to Geumo-ji lake and the carpark.

By Bus:
Gumi City Bus number 12 heads up the mountain from Gumi station to Geumo land, and all places in between.

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Referred to as either Chiaksan or Chiak Mountain, is a mountain located in the province of Gangwon-do, South Korea. Chiaksan was first designated as a mountain park in 1984 and encompasses an area of 182.09㎢.

The mountain extends across the city of Wonju and the county of Hoengseong. The mountain peaks include Namdaebong, Cheongjibong, Hyangnobong, Sambong, and Birobong Peak, with the tallest peak reaching an elevation of 1,288 m (4,226 ft).

Chiaksan also features natural deep valleys, unique rock formations, waterfalls and tourist destinations for hikers to experience.

Hiking Courses

1 Day Courses

Peak Season Info

Season (6 months): Spring (from 4.1 ~ 5.31), Summer (7.1 ~ 8.31) and Autumn (10.1 ~ 11.30)

Mountain No Access Period

Seasonal Fire Watch Period
Spring: March 2 – May 15 / Fall: November 17 – December 15

* TBD by park rangers based on weather advisories, snow/precipitation levels, and other local conditions. Please visit the official website to check before visiting.

 

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This is a particularly interesting mountain as public access was prohibited until just three years ago because of its location in direct proximity to the Blue House (the president’s residence). Thanks to hikers being forbidden access for nearly four decades, nature has been preserved on this mountain like few others in Korea. Be sure to make reservations at least one week in advance.

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Taebaeksan Mountain, a holy mountain of the Korean people, is located at the fork of Baekdudaegan Mountain Range, which starts its range from bagdu into the south, heading to Jirisan Mountain. Ever since it has been designated as a provincial park, Taebaeksan Mountain has widened its realm and thus designated as the 22nd national park.

There are various cultural assets in Taebaeksan Moutain including Cheonjaedan,
a place where a harvest ceremony had held for thousands of years, and Geomryongso, source of the Han River. It also has various and outstanding ecological landscapes including the biggest wildflower habitat in the country (Geumdaebong Peak to Daedeoksan Mountain), yew habitat around Janggunbong Peak, and Baekcheon Valley, the world’s southernmost lenok habitat.

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Jirisan is renowned as the first area in Korea to have been officially designated as a national park in 1967.

The park spans an impressive three provinces and five cities, which comprise 10 famous temples, as well as twenty summits and valleys. The main peak, Cheonwangbong Peak, is 1,915 meters above sea level and is known as the “pillar to heaven”. With countless native animals and plant life throughout the area, the park is also famous as the first place in Korea to cultivate tea, and visitors are are able to sample herbal medicine and teas that are still cultivated in the area.

Jirisan’s only draw back is that the weather is inclined to be unpredictable and often unfavorable with only 80-100 days out of the year likely to be clear and sunny. However, the views are unparalleled anywhere else in the country and worth suffering any temperamental weather forecasts for!

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One of Jeju’s seminal landmarks, the crater lakes of Hallasan’s peak are  a must do on the island. A relatively easy trail to hike with well marked paths, the 10km trip is possible to complete in a day hike.

A favorite amongst scientists and researchers, the mountain is famous for its “vertical ecosystem” – a result of the scale and variation of temperatures along the mountain side that results in over 1,800 kinds of plants and 4,000 species of animals (3,300 of which are insects) inhabiting the mountain and its various environments.

Make sure to be adequately prepared as the weather is changeable, also hiking is only allowed during daylight hours, so make sure to budget time accordingly!

Hiking Course

  • Seongpanak Trail: Seongpanak → Dongneung Peak9.6 km / 4 hrs 30 mins each way
  • Eorimok Trail: Eorimok → Nambyeok Bungijeom  6.8 km / 3 hrs each way
  • Eoseungsaengak Trail:  Eorimok → Eoseungsangak Peak 1.3 km / 30 min each way
  • Yeongsil Trail:  Yeongsil – Nambyeok Bungijeom 5.8 km / 2 hrs 30 mins each way
  • Gwaneumsa Trail: Gwaneumsa Temple – Dongneung Peak 8km / 5 hrs each way
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While Juwangsan may be the smallest national park in Korea, it’s still worth the trip in our opinion! With temples, bridges, a fortress, caves, waterfalls and a relatively easy incline, Mt. Juwangsan provides pleasant walks in beautiful scenery. The area also boasts the Dalgimul Mineral Spring in the Goenae mid-stream.

There are 88 plant species including endangered species such as the Nodding lily, Tattaasau and Yellow water flag in Juwangsan National Park. As for animals, 924 animal species inhabit the park area and among them the Otter has been designated as a Natural Treasure.

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Naejangsan is hailed as one of the best mountain’s in Korea for seeing autumn foliage.  A year round spectacle, the park captures all four Korean seasons with snow in winter, blazing greenery in summer, and in spring, the mountain comes alive with azaleas and cherry blossoms.

The park boasts beautiful waterfalls cascading from cliffs, valleys, streams and temples, home to 760 kinds of local plants as well as a host of wild animals that call the park home.

 

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Songnisan National Park is perfect for nature and animal lovers alike. With opportunities to spot birds, ducks, otters, squirrels, and fish, Songnisan offers a refuge from the bustling city life. The Songnisan Mountain is considered as one of Korea’s most beautiful sites. This National Park is the home of one of Korea’s largest temples called Beopjusa. While visiting this temple, you will be able to witness the Cheongdongmireukbul which is considered the largest Buddha statue in the world. The Songnisan Mountain is a beautiful place all the year around thanks to the cherry blossoms in the spring, the green pine forest in the summer and the autumn leaves in the fall.

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Bountiful in both flaura and fauna, Maisan is also deeply steeped in legend. The major tourist site, located on the South side of the mountain, is the Tapsa Temple, surrounded by 80 stone pagodas. The pagodas are a source of great mystery as, allegedly, no matter how bad the weather, the pagodas never sway or fall.

Likewise, rumor has it, that when you put water in a bowl during winter, the water freezes into a pole reaching skywards. No one can explain it, and while we haven’t tested it ourselves, there’s plenty of photographs around the mountain base as serving as “proof’.

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The N Seoul Tower, a complex culture space in Seoul, is where the clouds seem to meet with Namsan Mountain. It shows visitors the harmony of Namsan’s Nature.

The Tower which is a symbol of Seoul now, was established at the highest point to glance at the most beautiful images of Seoul.

Since it was opened to the general public in 1980, it has become a resting place for the citizens of Seoul as well as a touristic attraction for foreigners with the living nature of Namsan.

With the latest LED technology lighting which constantly changes colors and patterns, it has become a light art providing various media art with an unusual cultural art experience.

As a complex cultural space representation Seoul, the newly born N Seoul Tower is a proud landmark of Seoul.

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Geumjeong Mountain has historically been considered as a mountain conducive to the defense of the country. For this reason, Beomeosa, a leading temple believed to defend and protect the country, was built along Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, the nation’s largest fortress, built in The Three Kingdoms period.

Geumjeongsan Mountain contains Godangbong Peak, the main peak rising 801.5 meters above sea level, as well as Janggunbong Peak (727 meters) to the north, Sanggyebong Peak (638 meters) in the south, and Baegyang Mountain (642 meters) behind Seongjigok Valley.

The mountain is not startlingly tall, but has a graceful shape with dense forest and clear water fountains throughout the exquisite rocky cliffs, proudly representing itself as a famous mountain in Busan.

There are 14 mineral springs in Geumjeongsan Mountain. The springs are used by hikers and serve as a water source for people living nearby. With 2,300 types of trees and 600 or so types of animals, the mountain is a habitat for wild life.

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