Category Hiking in the ROK

Odaesan National Park – Guryong Falls, Manmulsang and Geumgangsa Temple

Odaesan National Park, on the east coast of South Korea, near the city of Gangneung is not the most famous of national parks in the ROK, but has the potential to be one of the more rewarding hikes in Korea, especially if you are a novice hiker. As the summer slowly fades into autumn, the […]

The Seoul Trail: Section 3 Part 2 – Godeok Station to Olympic Park Station

Greetings! So, as it turns out, having two kids under the age of two actually takes up more time than say… writing a thesis, solving world hunger, or discovering a breakthrough in quantum physics. But, everyone is asleep, and now its time to continue the next section of the Seoul Trail. Let’s do this! A […]

The Seoul Trail: Section 3 Part 1 From Gwangnaru Station to Godeok Station

We are back on The Seoul Trail after a three month hiatus! The weather is perfect for a good hike. Let’s do this! Overview: Although this section of the hike may seem like a 10km gruelling marathon, most of the hike is through the city and is on flat land. Overall, there were only a few […]

Soyosan Mountain – Wonhyo Falls (원효폭포) and Jajaeam Temple (자재암): A Buddhist Retreat on One of Korea’s Most Sacred Mountains

The journey to Soyosan Mountain is a long one. The last stop on the Number 1 Line, ends at the outskirts of Dongducheon City, just outside of Seoul. Although it is a long journey, seeing open spaces with *gasps* farms and crops, and small buildings is a refreshing sight compared to the endless dominos of apartment […]

Dobongsan in Bukhansan National Park – Jaunbong Peak Trail and Cheonchuksa Temple

It’s May in the ROK and that means hiking season is in full swing. This weekend, Ryan N and I decided to hit up an old favourite: Dobongsan in Bukhansan National Park. Jaunbong Peak 자운봉 (740m) was our goal today, but unfortunately, I severely underestimated the time and the intensity of this trail. That said, it […]

The Seoul Trail – Section 2 Part 2: From the Top of Yongmasan to Gwangnaru Station

The section so nice, we reviewed it twice. Needless to say, with the spring in full bloom and the hot, humid summer looming around the corner, it’s a great time to get out do some hiking. We tackled the whole hike in one day; granted a long, long day, but it is feasible. My suggestion, […]

The Seoul Trail: Section 2 Part 2 – Yangwon Station to Mangusan and Yongmasan Mountains

Welcome spring! You have been missed. After battling in the rain our last time out, we took advantage of the great weather and finished the final part of section two on The Seoul Trail. Today was an epic 9.2km hike that saw us through peaks, valleys and a cemetery. To try to capture it all […]