How I hiked 15 Gorgeous Mountain In South Korea [Mini Guide]

It’s been over two years I’m in Korea. I have spent most of my free time hiking the beautiful mountain of south Korea. In my country there are not many mountains and if you want to hike one you have to take 5 hours bus ride. That’s why many don’t go hike and also don’t get a chance to mingle with nature. 

hiked dobongsan peak

Korea is filled with beautiful mountains and the easiest way to access them via subway. All of the famous mountain near Seoul are well connected with subway. That’s why it’s so easy and Many people hike Korean mountain. 

When I first come to Korea. I didn’t know much about hiking. I did my first hike with a group called Climbing in Korea. Since then I’ve hiked over 20 scenic mountain. 

Korea is a country of mountain and we foreigner don’t know which one to hike or not in a short visit. As I hiked many of them I think this post would be your go-to Korea hiking guide. I will share with you the mountain I hiked and how can you hike them too with mini-guide and sharing my experience. Please consider my poor English.

Here are some best mountain to hike in South Korea.

#01 Hiking bukhansan mountain

bukhansan national park

Bukhansan was my first hike in Seoul, South Korea. Climbed up to the highest peak of Bukkhansan Korea. The highest peak is Bagundae (836m). We were about 80 people from different countries were hiking together. It took us about 4 hours of hiking to the top. It was a fun and challenging hike. I had the best day of my life on the first hike. 

How to get to Bukhansan National park: 

Take Subway line number 3 and Get off at Gupabal Station. Exit 1. Take a bus from Gupabal station exit one to the Bukhansan national park entrance. 

Check out details guide of Hiking Baegundae peak of Bukhansan National Park: How to Hike Baegundae Peak of Mt Bukhansan [The Definitive Guide]

#02 Gwanaksan hiking 

gwanaksan top view
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir

Gwanaksan is in the southern part of Seoul and Easily accessible by Metro. This hiking also was with the hiking group of Korea. The view was beautiful and I think the hike was not that much tough like Bukhansan but it was worth hike for the view. 

How to get to Gwanaksan: Gwacheon station line number 4 ( Exit 2)

Read Details guide of hiking Gwanaksan here: Seoul Hiking Guide – Five Must Hiking trail in Seoul.

#03 Inwangsan hiking.

“Whatever’s headed your way, you can handle it. You’re a hiker!”~Hiking For Her

If you are looking for a short hike with the beautiful mountain and Seoul view from top then it’s a must hike. Mt Inwangsan(338m) and Bugaksan(342m) are a beautiful neighboring mountain in the center of Seoul. From the top, you can see the Blue House( Presidential House) and the main palace Gyeongbokgung. 

How to get Inwangsan: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.

Go straight 90m to the Gyeongbokgung Station bus stop. Take Jongno Bus 09 and get off at Ogin APT. Walk approx. 660m to Inwangsan Mountain.

See more at the official Visit Korea site:

#04 Hiking Suraksan Mountain.

suraksan hiking in south korea
“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.”~Diane Spicer

Suraksan is a great hike in near Seoul with the less crowded trail. I got a clear view of Seoul from the top. In the trail you will meet a beautiful waterfall and temple. The popular hiking course of Suraksan starts from Danggogae station. To see azaleas blossoms you can visit in the spring. 

How to get to Suraksan Mountain: Take line 4 and get off at Danggogae station Exit 1 or 4 or Suraksan Station( Line 7) Exit 1 or 3. It’s only a few minutes to the trail form exit.

Check out: Suraksan Hiking [7 Photos] – All You Need to Know.

#05 Baegundae peak hiking.

bagundae peak
“Old hikers don’t die … they just trail away.”
~Hiking For Her

Hiked up to the highest Baegundae peak of Bukhansan for the first time. The trail was challenging with rocky and steep section. Took about six hours for the hike. The view was fantastic. Took a nap up there so it was comfier and relaxing to get down from the mountain than going up. I would suggest you hike in the Summer or spring. The view is amazing at that time of the year.

How to get to Bukhansan National Park: 

Go to Gupabal Station (구파발역) on Line number 3 Exit 1. Find the nearby bus stop. 34, 704, and 8774 bus go to Bukhansan national park. Take any of these buses to Bukhansanseong Ipgu.

Baegundae Peak Hiking Details: How to Hike Baegundae Peak of Mt Bukhansan [The Definitive Guide]

#06 Hiking Juwangsan mountain:

“One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.”
~Merle Shain

Ahhh👋 did it, hiked 21 km to Juwangsan mountain though my feet are hurting badly. There were three main peaks to climb and also some beautiful waterfall to see. The highest peak was 882m. I felt amazed by the nature of this mountain. Top view was stunning. Meet with three small snakes, they were adorable, though I felt terrified by sudden meet. Hiking for life.

#07 Hiking Dobongsan mountain:

“Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get.”
~Mark Twain

Dobong mountain, you are true rocky. Short 4 hours hike up to the Dobong mountain. It was demanding hike and damn tiring but really worth it. Top peak is 724m, the view was fantastic. Overall, enjoyed the view, had a free full-body workout on the way up.

How to Hike Dobongsan and More details, Check out this article: Dobongsan Mountain (도봉산) Hiking Guide [6 Photos]

#08 Hiking Gwanaksan mountain:

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than what we could learn from books.”
~John Lubbock

Spent a hectic day by hiking and climbing to Gwanak mountain. The trail was about 12 km and the highest peak was 629m. Enjoyed the sunny day, the view was stunning. Got Exhausted by hiking. Btw I’m seeing things that I really wanted to see. Korea you are true beauty with nature, Every mountain I climb I see the different beauty of nature. 

#09 Hiking Jirisan mountain:

“The head does not hear anything until the heart has listened. The heart knows today what the head will understand tomorrow.”
~James Stevens

Top of Jirisan mountain (peak -1915 m) for the first time. The journey was wildly adventurous. Total trail distance was 20km. We began our trekking around 3:30 pm, as we started our hike lately, we had to hike 80% of the trail in the night with the headlight on, Can’t explain how hard and dangerous the trail was. We reached the shelter at 8 pm, slept only 3 hours. We started our second part of the trail at 2:50 am. Again hiking begins into the total darkness, this time the trail was more rocky and steep. Had only 3 hours left to reach a peak if we won’t see the sunrise. We hiked fast and finally got to the top. The wind was blowing so fast and the temperature was -2 at the peak, also we hadn’t enough warm clothes. We couldn’t stay long in the peak, the sun was covered by clouds, bad luck for us, Can’t see the sunrise but saw the clouds moving so fast over our head, fantastic view of the mountain. Took some pretty photos. Overall we had the most fun on hiking then reaching to the top.

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#10 Hiking Munsusan mountain:

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hiked to Munsu Mountain (376m), Oct 7, 2018!
Easy hike with climb and descent of 376m (total length 3km and time of walk 2 hours).

We started our hike in the afternoon so, we could enjoy the sunset 🌄. it took only 1 hours hike and we were top of the mountain. Enjoyed the peaceful evening with the beautiful sunset view. Our second part of hiking down was in the night. We turned our mobile flashlight on and began hiking down. After one hour of hiking into the total darkness, completed the trail and head back home happily.

#11 Hiking Gamaksan and Walk the Longest Suspension Bridge in Korea.

“A determined woman can conquer anything.
One foot in front of the other!” ~Hiking For Her

Hiked to Gamak Mountain (676m), Oct 9, 2018!
Moderately difficult hike with climb and descent of 676m (total length 5km and time of walk 4 hours).

Autumn Hiking – Delicious Autumn, I like you the most. You are indescribably beautiful in autumn with your colorful hills. Love hiking, Go hike more in autumn, Enjoy the stunning scenery of various colorful trees before winter comes.

Gamak Mountain Address : Jeokseong-myeon, Paju-si and Jeongok-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do

#12 Hiking Seoraksan.

“Whatever’s headed your way, you can handle it.
You’re a hiker!”

Hiked to Seoraksan Mountain, The third highest and the most beloved mountain of South Korea.

Hiked to Seoraksan Mountain (1708m), Nov 04, 2018!
Tough hike with lots of steep sections and descent of 1708m (total length 17km and time of walk 12 hours).

Recommended Hiking course for this peak is 2 days/ 1 night but We did it within 12 hours. Started our hiking at 3 AM and finished at 3 PM. Absolutely stunning view, Words can’t describe how beautiful. Took some cool photos, check them out.

Seoraksan National Park Hiking Guide and How to get to Seoraksan National park. Check out this full details article: Seoraksan National Park Hiking Guide

#13 Hiking Deogyusan Mountain.

“Whatever you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving them.” ~Zig Ziglar

Hiked to Deogyusan Mountain, One of the most beautiful mountains to hike in winter. This is my third mountain hike in 2019 and more to come.

Deogyu mountain (1614m) hiked on Jan 5, 2019. Tough hike with lots of steep sections and descent of 1614m. Weather was so windy and cold, the temperature was around (-9). We were 17 amazing people hiked this mountain together and enjoyed all of it.

Absolutely stunning view, Words can’t describe how beautiful the view was. Took some cool photos, check them out.

How to get to Deogyusan mountain national park:

Take a direct bus which leaves from Nambu Bus terminal to Muju.

#14 Sobaeksan National Park Hiking :

I live to hike, i hike to live – trailhikr

Sobaeksan mountain is one of the most beautiful mountains in South Korea. After Hiking Sobaeksan for the first time, we arranged a tour from our FB group Travel in Korea. 25 HIking Loving brother joined us to hike this beautiful mountain trail. Few of them were new but was self-esteemed and hiked to the top Birobong Peak (Danyang-gun) and get satisfied by seeing Sobaek’s top beauty.

“Go where you feel most alive.”

We started our hike at 11:20 am on the Aiguk (어의 국) trail, this trail was about 5.1 km long. We walked slowly as some of the group’s member were new to hike. On the way to Birobong Peak (Danyang-gun 1439m), we took so many beautiful photos and reached the top at 2:40 pm.
The structure of Sobekasan top is different from other mountains. The top is completed flat and covered with green grass. The top view is indescribable. I took lots of photo at top of this fascinating magnificent mountain.

We got down very fast because everyone had to come back home. After, Finishing the hike we went for a quick shower in the beautiful water stream. When we arrived at Darien Falls (안 안 폭포) next to Chondong parking, it was 4 o’clock in the afternoon. We all had dinner together at Danyang train station.

Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.” -Dag Hammerskjold

How to get to Sobaeksan National Park from Seoul :

You can go by bus or Train. The train is faster and cheap. Take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Danyang Station. You can take Mugunghwa, Itx, or KTX we took Mugunghwa and the fare was 10600 won.

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” -Greg Child

You can also come to Danyang bus terminal from your area bus station or Dong-Seoul Bus Station. From Danyang, You can take or bus to the Sobaeksan national park entrance.

Happy Hiking in South Korea. If you have any questions please comments below.

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