Category Archives: National Park

Bukhansan, the Roof of Seoul

Of course, I had to visit Bukhansan National Park, which straddles Seoul City and Goyang City in Gyeoggi Province. It is the iconic set of mountains just north of Seoul city center. In Joseon times, Seoul was considered an auspicious … Continue reading

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Hallasan Part 2: Descent via the Gwaneum-sa Trail

I had been a bit disappointed with the scenery on the Seongpanak Trail, but I remembered that the Gwaneum-sa Trail is the most beautiful. Indeed, the Gwaneum-sa trail did not disappoint. I chose to go up by Seongpanak because a) … Continue reading

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Hallasan Part 1: Ascent via the Seongpanak Trail

In this blog, I’ve gone in a clockwise circle around Jeju Island, starting at Seongsan Ilchulbong in the east, and I’ve made many references to Hallasan, the shield volcano which created Jeju Island. It is a World Heritage Site. Hallasan, … Continue reading

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Jirisan National Park: Ssangyesa, Temple of the Twin Streams

So the end of my epic two-day hike where I got to and from mainland South Korea’s highest peaks by paths less trodden was Ssangyesa Temple. Ssangyesa, which means ‘Twin Streams Temple’, is right in the center of Jirisan National … Continue reading

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Jirisan National Park: Buril Waterfall

After I turned right off the Samsinbong ridge down towards Ssangyesa, the trail stopped being a bumpy up-and-down-up-and-down hike, and I finally started seriously lowering my altitude. I was afraid the trail was going to be really steep after all … Continue reading

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Jirisan National Park: Seseok to Ssangyesa via Samsinbong

I woke up early at Seseok Shelter, and was on my way shortly before dawn. The sky was full of stars (Jirisan National Park lacks the light pollution found in South Korea’s urban centers). I quickly passed the turnoff for … Continue reading

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Jirisan National Park: To Seseok Shelter via Jeseokbong, Jangteomok Shelter, & Chotdaebong

After summiting Cheonwangbong, the highest mountain peak in mainland South Korea, it was time to get to the shelter where I had a reservation. Speaking of shelter reservations, any foreign tourists trying to get reservations at shelters in South Korea … Continue reading

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