Tag Archives: Hiking in Korea

Homi Peninsula Coastal Trail (포항 호미반도 해안둘레길)

Homigot Pohang

The Homi Peninsula coastal trail is a four-course 24.4 km trail on the east coast of Korea in Pohang. The course stretches out along the coast starting from Cheongnim stadium finishing at the Homigot Sunrise Square (호미곶 해맞이광장). On this famous tourist spot, visitors came to see the two bronze hand statues (one in the sea and one on the land) that symbolize harmony and coexistence. This trail is one of the most famous trails in Pohang and is part of the 770 Km coastal trail (Section 13 – 18) Haeperang (해파랑길) trail that stretches from the southern port of …

HIKING IN KOREA: Section 5 of Daejeon Dullesan-gil (Gyejoksanseonggil Trail)

Section five of Daejeon Dullesan-gil, also known as Gyejoksanseonggil Trail, is one of my favorite trails to hike around the Daejeon. It is the 5th section of the 133 km mountain trail Daejeon’s surrounding mountains – connecting mountains like Maninsan, Sikjangsan, and Gyejoksan mountain. I have hiked this trail several times in winter and summer, and it’s been a different experience every time. Less than an hour into the course, you arrive at Galyeonseong fortress – Daejeon’s city monument 12, where you are graced with beautiful city views of the Southeastern part of Daejeon on the left side and idyllic …

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 …

Day Trip to Gyejoksan Red Clay Trail in Daejeon (계족산 황톳길)

GYEJOKSAN RED CLAY TRAIL (계족산 황톳길)

Walking barefoot might be something you only do in the comfort of your home but not the 1,500 hikers who visit the Gyejoksan Red Clay trail every year. Located in the outskirts of Daejeon, the 14.5 km foot trail around Gyejoksan mountain is a popular attraction not only to the locals but also tourists. This eco-healing trail (Hwantotgil) was established in 2006 to provide a place where locals and tourists can enjoy nature. One day during his usual hiking, President Cho Wung Rae saw a lady doddering in high heels. He took off his shoes and gave them to her …

Hiking Hallasan – South Korea’s Tallest Mountain

A bird at the summit of Hallasan

Located in Jeju island, Hallasan (Halla)  Mountain is one of the “top three” mountains in South Korea situated at 1,950 meters above sea level. It was designated Korea’s National monument in 1966 and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. The mountain has over 360 volcanic cones (Oreums) scattered around it with a crater lake at the summit that is said to be active even though it has not erupted in more than 5000 years. Mt. Halla is a big part of Jeju island and its culture and can almost be seen standing tall from any part of the island. …