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

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 …

Day Trip to Gyejoksan Red Clay Trail in Daejeon (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 …