Best Hikes in South Korea
IS IT A MOUNTAIN OR A HILL??
Believe it or not... there is no universally accepted definition of a mountain! Some geographers claim that a mountain is greater than 300 metres (1,000 feet) above sea level. Others, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, put the hill limit at twice that. Others state that it's about the degree of slope (including two degrees or five degrees).
If you live in Scotland..... landforms with distinct summits are called ‘hills’ no matter what their height. But, if you live in America, there are several ‘mounts’ that are less than 300 metres (1,000 feet) tall.
So, what have we learned?? Basically, a hill becomes a mountain when someone says it's a mountain!
Here in South Korea... there are big and small mountains. 70% mountainous in fact so, needless to say, mountain (not hill) climbing is a favorite pastime for Koreans keeping them fit and healthy well into the 'golden' years! If you're looking for a Korean hike... look no further than the islands of South Korea... Gogunsan-gundo (고곤산군도)!
Seonyudo is a part of 20 island group in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do known as Gogunsan-gundo (고곤산군도) a great place for a korean hike if you want GREAT views!! It is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the west coast during the summer. You can get to other islands from Seonyudo via the connecting bridges, so it is easy to explore the neighboring islands as well. We went to a couple of the islands in South Korea, Seonyudo (선유도) and Daejangdo (대장도). We climbed Daejang-bong (대장봉) a small mountain (not a hill), but it felt like being on top of the world!!
Seonyudo, Munyeodo, Jangjado and Daejangdo Island are all connected by bridges so it's easy to explore the neighbouring islands. Daejangdo Island is located to the east of Seonyudo and is known for its rugged, mountainous terrain and stunning natural scenery. It is a popular destination for hiking and camping, and visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding sea and islands. The hike was tough up countless steps, but all along the way you just want to stop frequently to take photos, it's just stunning! You can also see the 'rock of the grandmother'. It looks like a grandmother carrying a child.
Take a walk around Seonyudo island and discover this little treasure island! Follow the boardwalk around the rocks and you can feast on tasty korean dishes, drink some beer and just chill out under the umbrellas. If you can find a spot that is!
Stop at the lighthouse in the shape of hands praying
Zip line across the water
Just sit in the shade and take in the view of the mountains!
ATV & Scooter Rental
Seonyudo Island offers stunning natural beauty, including beaches, forests, and walking trails. You can use a rented RV, scooter or bike to explore the island at your own pace. Rental fees can vary depending on the type, size, and duration of the rental
Each of the islands offers its own unique attractions and experiences, from pristine beaches to rugged mountains to cultural and historical sites. Together, they make up a beautiful and diverse archipelago that is well worth exploring.