Explore the most popular Parks in South Korea with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
2 days ago

1. Location: When trying to find it on waze, do not type in gyeryongsan National Park; you will end up in the middle of nowhere. Instead type in Hakbong. This is the small town right before where most the trail starts. 2. Trail: This is a national park, so you have to pay to park your vehicle (4000 won) and get into the park itself (varies on age, around 3000 won). The trails are also not exactly how Alltrails lays them out to be; meaning there are a variety of combinations of trails you can take. We only went to Gwaneumbong Peak which was about 4 miles there and back. A LOT OF STAIRS. Some made out of actual stairs but most of the trail is rock. 2.5. Waterfalls: The water falls are ehh 3. Food: there are a lot of restaurants, shops, and cafes in this small town, super cute and worth the look around. 4. Not pet friendly!

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Not for the faint of heart. You will be going up and over peaks and rocks almost the entire hike, with multiple scrambles and use of ropes to ascend or descend in certain places. The park is beautiful and the pain is worth it in the end!

Slightly deceived how short the hike is. It seems the peak is off limits set by the park.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike, went on a weekday, very few people. 3500 won to enter the temple, 5,000 won to park the car.

Bukhansan National Park was a beautiful place to hike. Started early morning at 7am and got down by 4.30pm including a couple of 20 minute food breaks and an hour enjoying the view at the top. We had originally planned to do the whole park but realised it was just too much and called it a day after the highest peak, Baekgundae. The hike was hard in places but very rewarding, it just kept on giving us beautiful views of the mountains and city, impressive rock formations and a few km along fortress walls and gates. There is no water so bring a couple of litres especially in hot weather, but there are a couple of chemical toilets once you get the the walled section about halfway along the trail. To reach the very top involves pulling yourself up by cable handrails over large boulders with some chiselled out steps for the last 200 metres until you reach the peak with the Korean flag and panoramic views stretching for miles. Its just over an hour down to the visitor centre with a cafe and taxi rank. Overall we had a fantastic day but were exhausted by the end of it. We are all in our thirties and of average fitness, not seasoned hikers but not beginners either!

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Well manicured trail. Multiple peaks! The sections that could be sketchy have rails and/or ropes. Start early if you want to avoid crowds at the top.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Nice trail— starts out very easy, like a brisk walk with lovely views of a temple and then a stream. After awhile, it turns into a pretty steep and steady climb followed by stairs and stairs. Unfortunately when I went, the weather was very foggy so there wasn’t much of a view at the top! But it was still beautiful along the way! I left at around 5pm and summited by 6:30. I was probably the last one on the trail so I had to come down pretty quickly but all in all, it was very nice. Would recommend!

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rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Bruhh. That was hard, no lie. Not in terms of the hike but in terms of hiking for 9 damn hours geez. Had to pull off from the posted trail because I started at 10am and the sun started going down. Basically was using moonlight to see for the last 30min. By the way There’s no way the guy who made this trail originally actually did it in 8 hours or whatever.

absolutely beautiful mountains! fairly easy to do too!

Fun trail, but there are lots of visitors. There are designated times to get up the trail before closing. You must start no later than 12:00pm and start descending no later than 2:00pm. I recommend checking the weather and cloud ceiling because it will hinder your view at the top of the mountain if the clouds are low.

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icy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

First winter hike..Rocky trail, icy and slippery in winter advisable to use crampons to provide traction on ice and walking stick for balance. Breathtaking view throughout. Note: need to get to Jindallaebat by 12:30pm so start early if you plan to hike to the top.

hiking
3 months ago

We were skeptical at first, as the first mile is heavily trafficked and includes a couple sets of wooden staircases — not our kind of hiking. But once you get past that, the rest of the hike is good and on natural paths and rocks. We were using hands to help scramble up rocks, but it’s never unsafe... they have railings everywhere that could cause issues. If we did it again, we take a slightly different route up. At the start, cross the river and go up the staircase on the other side. You can see the trail on the map in this app — it runs parallel to the one indicated. This secondary trail was empty, and had NO wooden staircases, just nice dirt and rock trails up. The last bit of the climb to the peak is up the side of large boulders. Again, railings are provided so you feel pretty secure though of course exercise caution. It’s a little scary looking over the edge of this section as it’s a drop off the boulder, but exhilarating and the views from the top are 360 and great, albeit slightly smoggy.

hiking
3 months ago

wow, very busy. not much view but then again we didn't make it to the top due to time constraints.

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Note that the hike I did started where this one did but finished at the very south end of the national park in Pyeonchang-dong. The hike that I did was much longer than the one listed here. The total distance was 14.6kms. The hike going up to the top on the west side is pretty steep in areas, especially the last kilometer or so. When going down, you will mainly follow parts of the city wall along a ridge line. There are many ups and downs, which makes the hike pretty exhausting come the end even though the overall distance is not that far. Towards the end of the hike, you will get some pretty stunning views of Seoul that can't be seen from anywhere else. But going down will require going down some straight up and down rock faces that would be impossible to traverse if wet. Take extreme caution when on these as any mistakes will not end well. You will end up in a very rich neighborhood with some pretty amazing homes as well. Overall, it was a very beautiful hike, but make sure to bring plenty of water. In my opinion, doing this hike in the opposite direction would be more strenuous.

on Gwaneumbong Peak Loop

hiking
4 months ago

Well-marked trail. Includes a nice stretch of ridgeline, great views over Byeonsanbando National Park, and Jikso falls on the western side. Be prepared for some steep, strenuous sections near Gwaneumbong Peak.

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

This hike is pretty straightforward. You walk uphill for about 5 miles and then you walk back. The difficulty was with the snow and ice on the trail. I recommend using spikes and trekking poles if you have them. Also, while it was 45 degrees at the bottom of the mountain, it was 30 and windy at the summit.

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