Hiking and Walking

Information on the opportunities for hiking and walking in South Korea's mountains and countryside...

Hiking and walking are very popular ways to explore South Korea's beautiful mountain countryside. Hiking is a national pastime. Many walks start from temples which are often located at the foot of a mountain.

The country's many national parks offer spectacular walking trails. Songnisan National Park is one of the best places to hike in South Korea. The main peaks in the park are Cheonwangbong, Birobong, and Munjangdae. The Beopjusa Temple, which has a large golden Buddha statue, is a popular place to start a walk.

Seoraksan National Park, which is home to many rare species, is in the north-east of the country near the fishing city of Sokcho. The Biryong Falls and Baekamsa Temple are popular destinations for walks. The park is a mixture of stone forts, Buddhist monasteries, forests and large waterfalls, all set among rugged granite peaks. This park is popular for walks of all lengths, including multi-day treks.

Juwangsan National Park is another park which is a good hiking destination. It is famed for its deep gorges and thick forests. The Jubong trail is the most popular walk in this park.

South Korea's national parks are all very beautiful. Of the 20 national parks, 15 of them are mountain parks. They all have plenty of walking and hiking trails which are usually clearly signposted. It is possible to do easy to moderate day walks, as well as some longer and more physically demanding hikes. The parks cover a range of different landscapes from rolling hills to deep valleys and rugged cliffs.

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Some of the parks have camping facilities, though they are often basic and only open in the summer. Some of the larger parks, such as Seoraksan and Jirisan, have mountain huts where people doing long-distance walks can stay overnight. The Korean National Parks Service (KNPS) sometimes closes trails temporarily to allow wildlife to recover.