One of the reasons I didn’t want to live in Seoul when I decided to return to Korea was because it’s very easy not to leave the city, especially for somebody like me who’s more or less a homebody when I’m not traveling. I was excited to explore the country outside of its capital city, so as soon as I found out I got the job, I started up a private Pinterest board, typed Korea into the search bar, and spent a good few hours pinning every pretty picture I saw without really realizing or taking note of where and what I was pinning.
Remember, I didn’t even know where my province was until I had fully settled in my apartment! A year in, and I’m still learning of things I had actually pinned pictures of, and Daedunsan (or Mt. Daedun), a popular spot for hiking in Korea, is one of them. I hadn’t even thought about this place or the pictures I had pinned of its famous suspension bridge until one of my friends, Michelle, mentioned in passing that she’d really like to visit while it was still fall.
Daedunsan was probably the more popular mountain I’ve been to so far in Korea compared with Namwon’s little hiking trails, Baemsagol Valley in Jirisan, and Naejangsan near Jeongup. There were definitely more hikers, even in the rain, and the cable car we took up (not ONLY because we were lazy, I promise!) actually had a queue system, so we had to wait about an hour after we got our tickets for each spot. We wound up getting lunch while we waited and some coffee on our way down.
It’s known for, as I said previously, Geumgang bridge which hangs 50 meters across and 81 meters high, and the Samseon stairway that leads up to the summit. I’d really like to return and properly hike around Daedunsan, but we were pretty tired, and it was very rainy and foggy when we went. We weren’t exactly in the mood to wander around when we couldn’t see much of anything, and the rain made all the stairs and rocks slippery. Even taking the cable car up only cuts out a part of the hiking trail. You still have quite a bit to climb to reach the bridge and stairway, and the steps aren’t exactly cleanly cut.
This is a pretty easy day trip. We came from about two hours away. We were able to stop in Jeonju, shop, and still be home by bed time! You could easily incorporate it into a visit down to Jeollabuk. However I definitely suggest going when the weather is good. I can’t imagine actually hiking and reaching the top to be blocked by super thick fog! I’m going to try and challenge myself to hike this later in the winter or early spring.
MORE ON HIKING DAEDUNSAN
-Korean Name: 대둔산도립공원
– It’s popular for fall or winter. Avoid in the summer when it’ll be very humid. Also avoid if the weather calls for a lot of fog or rain.
– How to Get There:
-Use Daejeon Seobu (West) Bus Terminal and take Bus 304 to Daedunsan or
-Use Jeonju Intercity Bus Terminal and take the bus to Daedunsan.
– Costs: The cable car is about 9,000 round trip.
–Visit Korea: Daedunsan Provincial Park
–Seoul Magazine: Daedunsan Provincial Park
–Hiking Hub Korea: Daedunsan
Over to you! Where have you been hiking that you want to return to?
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