Monthly Archives: July 2021

HIKING IN KOREA: Slaying Jirisan Mountain (지리산)

Jirisan Mountain

Standing at 1,915 meters above sea level, Jirisan is one of Korea’s top three legendary mountains and South Korea’s first national park in 1969. Located in the south, Jirisan is South Korea’s highest mountain mainland and second-highest after Hallasan mountain, located in Jeju. Jirisan, also known as “mountains of the odd and wise,” occupies three provinces (Gyeongnam, Jeollanam-do, and Jeollabuk-do) can be accessed from five cities; Hadong, Hamyang, Sancheon, Gurye, and Namwon. In addition, the mountain houses many valleys located over 20 ridges with plenty of flora and fauna. Hiking Routes There are various hiking trails, though I would like …

HIKING IN KOREA: Bukhansan Dullengil Section 21 Uiryeong-gil

Bukhansan Dullengil Section 21 Uiryeong-gil

Section 21 is the last trail of Bukhansan Dullengil, a path that was used by the North Korean army to invade Seoul in 1968. Since then, it was closed off to the public and controlled by the military forces until 2009, when it officially opened to civilians. It is 6.5 km and takes approximately 3 hours from start to finish with beautiful views of Bukhansan and the Obong, meaning “Five peaks.” The number of hikers on this trail is still limited to 1,000 people a day, not for military reasons, but for ecological safety. Hikers are required to make reservations …